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Work to decode black boxes from crashed A321 begins in Cairo

November 03, 2015, 16:54 UTC+3 CAIRO

The data may shed the light on technical condition of the plane at the moment it crashed

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CAIRO, November 3. /TASS/. Work to decode the black boxes of the Russian A321 airliner that crashed in Sinai on Saturday has begun in Cairo, Al-Yaum Al-Sabia edition reported on Tuesday.

Specialists have started retrieving data from the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder that may shed the light on technical condition of the plane at the moment it crashed.

Earlier, the Egyptian Investigative Committee said work to analyze flight recorders’ data would take some time without specifying how much time exactly.

The head of the Russian Federal Aviation Agency, Alexander Neradko, said the black boxes were in a good condition. Experts of the joint commission to look into the crash got together at the crash scene earlier on Tuesday, Al-Ahram reports referring to the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry. The commission brings together Russian and Egyptian specialists as well as Airbus representatives from France and Germany, and specialists from Ireland where the plane was registered.

The final results of the investigation will be made public by the Egyptian side.

Kogalymavia Flight 9268 came down about half-an-hour after leaving the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for the Russian city of St. Petersburg. The disaster site is 100 kilometres south of the administrative centre of North Sinai Governorate, the city of Al-Arish. All 224 aboard the plane perished.

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