MOSCOW, December 7. Russian airline “Kogalymavia” (Metrojet brand), the Airbus A321 which crashed October 31 in the Sinai Peninsula in the attack, intends to seek compensation from the Egyptian authorities. This was told to Forbes Ismail Lepiev owning tourist holding TH&C, which includes “Kogalymavia”.
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“For me, a very important component of not only economic, but also political. Egypt is a partner of Russia in many spheres, it is this relationship that built up over decades, and we respect it to the last will try to agree on compensation without any judicial steps,” said Lepiev.
Currently, the carrier is waiting for the official announcement of the results of the investigation by Egypt, he said.
Lepiev also noted that “Kogalymavia” plans to increase the fleet from four to eight sides and, in addition to regular Charter programs, to develop the direction of regular traffic.
On 3 December it became known that the Federal service for transport supervision has not revealed significant violations in the activities of “Kogalymavia”.
Disaster in Egypt
The A321 aircraft to the Russian airline “Kogalymavia” carrying out flight Sharm El-Sheikh to St Petersburg, crashed on 31 October, after about half an hour after departure. The wreckage was found about 100 km to the South from the administrative centre of province Northern Sinai city of El Arish, near the settlement of El Hasna. In total the plane was 217 passengers and seven crew members, none survived. Most of the dead were Russians. On Board were also four Ukrainian citizens and one Belarusian.
On 17 November, the head of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the collapse of the A321 was the result of a terrorist act. According to Bortnikov, the wreckage of things and traces of explosives foreign production. “Our professionals, on Board an aircraft in flight explosive device with power up to 1 kg in a trotyl equivalent, therefore there was “shredded” aircraft in the air, what explains the variation parts of the fuselage of the aircraft at a great distance,” informed the head of the FSB.
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin promised that those responsible and involved in the attack with the A321 aircraft in Egypt will be found and punished. The head of state has ordered to reinforce the strikes of Russian aviation in Syria “so that perpetrators understand that retribution is inevitable”.
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