Kogalymavia confirmed on Monday that a Russian airliner’s tail part had been damaged prior to the air crash in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Sputnik News reports.
On Saturday, Airbus A-321 operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia crashed in the Sinai Peninsula en route from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board, including 25 children, were confirmed dead by Russian and Egyptian authorities.
The tragedy has already been named the biggest civil aviation disaster in Russian and Soviet history.
After the tail part of the Airbus A321 plane had sustained damages, the airliner was repaired. The technical condition of the plane was normal, Kogalymavia officials said.
External forces are the only possible reason of the deadly crash, Kogalymavia officials said Monday. Kogalymavia 7K9268 flight likely suffered substantial damages when it started to fall, officials said.
The Kogalymavia plane’s crew completely lost control over the aircraft as the disaster started to unfold.
However, the crashed Russian airliner had passed all necessary tests, the company’s top manager said Monday.