Russian Airline Rules Out Technical Fault, Pilot Error In Egypt Crash

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The Russian airline whose jet crashed in Egypt killing
everyone on board said on Monday the crash could not have been caused by a
technical fault or human error.
The crash, in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, could
only have been the result of some other “technical or physical
action” which caused it to break up in the air and plummet to the ground,
said Alexander Smirnov, deputy general director of the airline, Kogalymavia.
“The plane was in excellent condition, we rule out a
technical fault and any mistake by the crew,” he told a news conference in
Moscow.

He said there had been no emergency call from the pilots to
services on the ground during the flight, which took off from the Egyptian Red
Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and was bound for the Russian city of St
Petersburg.
Kogalymavia’s deputy general director for engineering,
Andrei Averyanov, said a 2001 incident when the plane’s tail section struck the
tarmac on landing was fully repaired and could not have been a factor in the
crash.
He said the aircraft’s engines had undergone routine
inspection in Moscow on Oct. 26 which found no problems and he said in the five
flights before the crash, the crew recorded no technical problems in the
aircraft’s log book.

Oksana Golovina, a representative of the holding company
that controls Kogalymavia, told the news conference the airline had experienced
no financial problems which could have influenced flight safety.

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