Egypt has recovered the black box of a Russian airliner that crashed on Saturday in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board, the prime minister’s office said.
“The black box was recovered from the tail of the plane and has been sent to be analysed by experts,” the office of Prime Minister Sharif Ismail said, adding that rescuers had recovered 129 bodies from the site of the crash.
Ismail later told a press conference that experts will “start examining the information in the black box, and based on this we will study the causes of the crash”.
Meanwhile, Air France and Lufthansa said on Saturday they have decided to stop flying over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.
The airlines said they are taking this step as a precaution while the crash is under investigation.
The Islamic State (IS) group affiliate in Egypt has claimed responsibility for the plane’s downing, but Russia’s transport minister said the claim “cannot be considered accurate” and an Egyptian security official said the plane did not crash because of an attack.
An Air France spokesperson told AFP they would not fly over Sinai until further notice, “as a precaution” while “clarification” was sought over why the Russian charter plane crashed.
Lufthansa told the German newspaper Die Welt it was taking the same measure for the same reason.