The Metrojet-operated A321-200 that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Saturday (October 31) was downed by “impact on a plane”, according to the Russian airline.
Alexander Smirnov, deputy director general at Metrojet, ruled out a pilot or technical error being responsible for the crash of Flight 9268 while confirming to the media that the aircraft fell around 300 km/h in speed and 5,000 feet in altitude one minute before it crashed.
A joint Egypt and Russia-led investigation has begun to officially determine what caused the crash of aircraft, which was flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg carrying 217 passengers and seven crew.
Egypt’s civil aviation minister said both of the aircraft’s black box recorders have since been recovered.
According to Reuters, the 18-year old Ireland-registered aircraft received its updated airworthiness certificate earlier this year.