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Field works at A321 aircraft crash site to be completed Tuesday — Egypt’s minister

November 03, 2015, 19:17 UTC+3 CAIRO
The international commission investigating the tragic accident is comprised of Russian, Egyptian, French, German and Irish experts
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CAIRO, November 3. /TASS/. Investigatory field work of the international commission at the site of the Russian passenger aircraft’s fatal crash in Egypt on Saturday will be completed by Tuesday night, Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal said.

The international commission investigating the tragic accident, which killed a total of 224 people, is comprised of Russian and Egyptian experts, as well as French and German experts from Airbus holding and representatives from Ireland, where the aircraft was registered.

Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal said as the field inspection was completed, the joint commission would begin the examination of the black boxes, which were earlier reported to be retrieved from the crash site.

The minister added that the full-fledged investigation would follow and it would take "some time" before a final report of the joint commission on the cause of the accident would be presented.

Kamal also said that the joint investigation had "all the tools and experts to deal with the investigation."

Russian Kogalymavia’s A321 plane, en-route from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed on the early morning of October 31 little over 20 minutes after its takeoff. The disaster site is 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the administrative centre of North Sinai Governorate, the city of Al-Arish.

Flight 9268 carried 217 passengers and seven crewmembers and they were all officially pronounced dead following the tragic accident. Most passengers were Russian nationals. Among the people onboard were also four Ukrainian citizens and one Belarusian national.

November 1 was declared a day of mourning in Russia. In Saint Petersburg mourning and memorial events to pay homage to those who died in the plane crash in Egypt were announced to last until November 3.

Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the Russian Investigative Committee, was reported earlier in the day to have arrived at the Cairo Airport. Accompanied by a group of investigators from his committee, Bastrykin held at the airport a session of expert talks with representatives from the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), medics as well as other international specialists involved in the investigation of the crash.

Bastrykin was scheduled to head to the Egyptian Prosecutor General’s Office straight from the airport and visit the site of the tragic crash on Wednesday, November 4.

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