Egypt’s crash committee confirms 'noise' in flight recording

Head of Egypts crash committee says “noise” was heard in flight recording of Russian jet however, still too soon to announce conclusion of investigation

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Russian emergency services personnel working at the crash site of Airbus A321 passenger airliner/ Flight 9268 in Egypt's North Sinai Governorate, November 3, 2015

The head of the investigation team probing the downing of the Russian jet which crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last week, said on Saturday that a noise was heard in the last second of the cockpit voice recording (CVR) but noted that it was still too early to determine the cause of the crash as investigations are still continuing. 

The leader of the investigation committee, Ayman al-Muqaddam said experts are still gathering information about the incident and investigators are considering all possible scenarios.

Hannah Hoexter, speaking to TRT World on the Egyptian committee’s announcement said “a first sign was seen today” in which Egyptian authorities “confirm” that the incident was more than just an accident. 

Egyptian officials on Saturday began observing the cameras at Sharm al Sheikh airport for any suspicious activity which may be linked to the downing of the Russian aircraft.

"We want to determine if, for instance, anyone sneaked past security officials or the metal detectors. We are also trying to determine if there was any unusual activity among policemen or airport staff," an official told Reuters.

Hoexter stated that the Egyptian authorities announcement and the surveillance of camera’s are a “sign that there is a shift having Egyptian authorities be drawn on whether this was an accident, which is initially what they have said.”

The French aviation officials claimed on Saturday that the Russian plane, which crashed into the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt last week leading to the death of all 224 people on board, was not due to some technical failures.

Meanwhile, both Britain and the United States on Friday intercepted claims from suspected militants and a government source which stated that a bomb downed the Russian aircraft on Oct. 31.

According to sources, the bomb was hidden inside luggage in the hold, but they refused to give any further information.

The Western intelligence sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that the evidence had not been confirmed, as there is still no forensic or scientific evidence to support the bomb theory.

The burden of a clear verdict when it comes to the real reason behind the deadly crash, falls on the investigation team's shoulders. With all scenarios on the table and the Russian and Egyptian governments strongly dismissing claims by DAESH’s proxies in Sinai.

DAESH's affiliate in Egypt, Wilayet Sinai (Sinai Province), claimed it brought down the airliner by a surface to air missile. Such theory has been dismissed by all parties, however the possibility of the terrorist group being behind the attack is still not off the table.

There is currently an international inquiry team, made up of over 50 members, from Egyptian authorities, Airbus- which is the designer of the plane- and Russia who are all probing the incident.

TRTWorld and agencies