Irish owned jet crashes in Sinai

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | October 31, 2015 0
The Metrojet's Airbus A-321 with Irish registration number EI-ETJ that crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula

The Metrojet’s Airbus A-321 with Irish registration number EI-ETJ that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula

The passenger jet that crashed shortly after take-off in Sinai, Egypt today was registered and owned in Ireland. The Metrojet Airbus A321-200 (registration EI-ETJ) is listed in the Irish Aviation Authority’s (IAA) Register of Aircraft as being owned Wilmington Trust SP Services Dublin Ltd with offices in the Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at George’s Dock in Dublin. It’s known the jet visited Shannon, Dublin and Cork Airports previously.

A Egyptian security officer who arrived at the mountainous scene in the Hassana area told Reuters most on board are feared dead. It is understood that there were 224 travelling on board the plane – and 17 of those are believed to have been children. Egyptian officials have said that there are no survivors from the crash – and that passengers had died still strapped in their seats.

The passenger plane was mainly carrying Russian tourists and was travelling from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh towards St Petersburg. A Russian website with close links to the security services has published a complete list of passengers, has reported. Many of the surnames are the same, indicating dozens of families were on the plane. Wreckage of the jet was later located in a mountainous area about 40 kilometres south south of Al-Arish.

Dozens of bodies have been recovered while the jet’s black boxes are also understood to have been found. Conflicting reports throughout the morning initially created some confusion as to what exactly occurred.

Earlier, Russia’s RIA news agency reported that passenger jet had disappeared from radar screens in Cypriot airspace at an altitude of 31,000 feet. Egypt’s air accident chief then confirmed the plane had made contact with Turkish air traffic control.

“The … Russian airline had told us that the Russian plane we lost contact with is safe and that it has contacted Turkish air traffic control and is passing through Turkish skies now,” Ayman al-Muqaddam, the head of the central air traffic accident authority in Egypt, said in a statement.

The 18-year-old jet was operating flight KGL-9268/7K-9268 from Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt to St. Petersburg in Russia. The Russian aviation authority Rosaviatsiya confirmed in a statement that flight KGL-9268 left Sharm el-Sheikh at 6:51am Moscow time (3:51am GMT) and was travelling to St Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport. It’s understood the crew had requested to make an emergency landing Al-Arish. A statement from the prime minister’s office said Sherif Ismail had formed a cabinet level crisis committee to deal with the crash.

Poor weather conditions are reportedly affecting the efforts of the Egyptian search and rescue teams at the crash site. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his deepest condolences to the families of victims of the crash of a Russian airliner in Egypt, Russian news agencies reported on Saturday citing the Kremlin press service. russianjet

Putin also ordered government ministries to offer immediate assistance to relatives of those killed. Russia’s top Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against airline Kogalymavia, Russian news agencies said, quoting the committee’s spokesman.

The Airbus A321-200 jet was built in 1997 was formerly operated by Russian airline Kolavia as well as Onur Air and Saudi Arabian Airlines. Last contact with the flight was about 06:13 hours. Flight tracking website Flightradar24 shows the aircraft climbing to 30875 feet, after which it shows erratic altitudes and speed indications. Last altitude recorded was 27925 feet at a speed of 62 knots.

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