Egypt says no sign of terrorism in Russian airliner crash

Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry says no evidence of 'terrorist action' in Russian plane crash in Sinai

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Military investigators from Russia stand by the debris of a Russian passenger plane at the site of its crash at the Hassana area in Arish city, north Egypt, in this November 1, 2015 file photo.

A preliminary report on the crash of a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai has found no evidence so far of any "illegal or terrorist act," Egypt's civil aviation ministry said in a statement.

"The technical investigative committee has so far not found anything indicating any illegal intervention or terrorist action," the statement read.

On October 31, Metrojet Flight 9268 had crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 224 passengers on board, as it was en route to St. Petersburg from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh.

Russia and Western governments had announced that the Airbus A321 was likely brought down by a bomb, while  the DAESH terror group claimed responsibility, saying it had smuggled an explosive on board. DAESH also said the bombing was a reprisal for Russian air strikes in Syria.

The crash badly affected the North African nation’s tourism sector, a cornerstone of the economy, as Russia and Britain both suspended flights into Sharm al-Sheikh.

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