9 NOVEMBER 2015
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The Russian operated, but Irish registered Airbus A321 that crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula broke up in mid-air, an official of the Moscow-based Intergovernmental Aviation Committee said after visiting the disaster site, but stressed it was too early to draw conclusions. The Moscow-based agency represents governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which groups Russia and other former Soviet republics.
Russian authorities also banned A320 series operations by Kogalymavia (Metrojet).
"The destruction happened in the air, and fragments were scattered over a large area of around 20 square km," said Viktor Sorochenko, director of the Committee. However, he warned against reading anything into this information. "It's too early to talk about conclusions," he said on Russian television from Cairo.
The aircraft EI-ETJ, built in 1997 had accumulated some 56,000 flight hours in nearly 21,000 flights, powered by IAE-V2500 engines. The flight crew was said to be experienced, the Captain with 12,000hrs and over 4,000hrs on type.
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