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Egypt steps up pre-flight preparations after Russian plane crash - reports

November 04, 2015, 4:51 UTC+3 CAIRO
The country’s national security department is revising the strategy on protecting the aircraft on the Egyptian territory, the Bawaba news portal reports
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Site of A321 Russian passenger jet crash in Egypt

Site of A321 Russian passenger jet crash in Egypt

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CAIRO, November 4. /TASS/. Egypt has introduced additional security measures at all the airports, including tightening pre-flight preparation for the aircraft, in the wake of the Russian plane crash, local media reports said on Wednesday.

The country’s national security department is revising the strategy on protecting the aircraft on the Egyptian territory, the Bawaba news portal reports. All the planes will undergo full checks carried out by the special services before ground teams are allowed to them.

Egypt’s security officials have said the claims that the plane was downed by a missile from the ground can be absolutely ruled out. The conclusions were made based on the information provided by the Russian and US intelligence services, including the satellite data.

A decision was also made to analyze personal data files of the pilot and second pilot to find out whether they could have suffered from psychological disorder. This was done upon the government request and as part of the contacts with the Russian side.

Egypt’s special services are also watching the videos taken by the airport security cameras to check if any suspicious person had gone aboard. Information on all the passengers and everyone who was inside the plane is also being studied.

Russian Kogalymavia’s A321 plane, en route from Egypt’s resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed on October 31 some 30 minutes after its takeoff. The debris was found 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. No one of them survived. Most passengers were Russian nationals. Among the people onboard were also four Ukrainian citizens and one Belarusian national.

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