Data from the CVR of the Airbus A321, that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has revealed that there was an explosion on board. “It was not a technical issue, but an outside action,” said the expert, suggesting the cause of the crash, which killed all 224 people on board, could be an explosion, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to France24.com.
An international investigation team includes Russian, German, Irish and French experts.
Two “black boxes” – the CVR and the flight data recorder (FDR) – were recovered from the crash site and taken to Cairo offices of the Egyptian civil aviation authority.
Data from the CVR does not require complex interpretation as it merely records the voices and sounds in the cockpit. The FDR captures data on speed, altitude and steering mode, which typically requires careful analysis.
Russia and Egypt on Thursday had dismissed Western suggestions that a terrorist bomb may have caused the crash on October 31 that killed 224 people, saying the speculation was a rush to judgment. “The investigation team does not have yet any evidence or data confirming this hypothesis,” Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Hossam Kamal said at the time about the possibility of a bomb.
It should be recalled that Airbus A321 of Russian Kogalymavia airline, which was going from Sharm El-Sheikh to St Petersburg, crashed in Egypt early morning on October 31, killing 217 passengers (including 24 children) and 7 crew members. The plane crashed 30 minutes after take off from Sharm El-Sheikh in mountainous site on Sinai peninsula.
The Western intelligence said that the plane crash was most likely caused by a bomb on the plane planted by ISIS or an affiliate. Yesterday, the British Prime Minister David Cameron, in an interview with British news agencies, said that the crash of Russian plane it was “more likely than not” caused by a bomb on board.
Earlier today Russia suspended flights to Egypt until the investigation determines the cause of Airbus A321 crash.