Rahmon extends condolences to Putin of deadly Russian plane crash in Egypt

02/11/2015 09:35
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, November 2, 2015, Asia-Plus – Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has extended his condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over a deadly plane crash that killed 224 people.

In a message to Putin on October 31, Emomali Rahmon expressed his sympathy with the Russian government and nation as well as the bereaved families of the victims.

We will recall that a Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Saturday shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude, killing all aboard.

A militant group affiliated to Islamic State (IS) in Egypt, Sinai Province, said in a statement it had brought down the plane “in response to Russian airstrikes that killed hundreds of Muslims on Syrian land,” but Russia's Transport Minister told Interfax news agency the claim “can't be considered accurate.”

The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, was flying from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it went down in central Sinai soon after daybreak, the aviation ministry said.

Reuters reports that Egyptian Civilian Minister Hossam Kemal told a news conference on November 1 that both black boxes of the plane had been found.

According to him, communications between the plane and air traffic control before the crash had been normal and nothing irregular had occurred before the accident.  “The plane did not request a change of route,” Kemal said.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail also told the news conference that there did not appear to be any unusual activity behind the crash but the facts would not be clear until further investigations had been carried out.

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