Egypt recovers black box from crashed Russian Airplane

A handout picture released by Egypt's Prime Minister's office on October 31, 2015, shows PM Sherif Ismail (R) at the site of the wreckage of a crashed A321 Russian airliner in Hassana a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. The Airbus A321, flight 9268, with 214 Russian and three Ukrainian passengers and seven crew, had taken off from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in south Sinai bound for Saint Petersburg, it lost contact with air traffic control 23 minutes later , crashing in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killing everyone on board. AFP PHOTO / HO / SELIMAN AL-OTEIFI / EGYPTIAN PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

A handout picture released by Egypt’s Prime Minister’s office on October 31, 2015, shows PM Sherif Ismail (R) at the site of the wreckage of a crashed A321 Russian airliner in Hassana a mountainous area of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The Airbus A321, flight 9268, with 214 Russian and three Ukrainian passengers and seven crew, had taken off from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in south Sinai bound for Saint Petersburg, it lost contact with air traffic control 23 minutes later , crashing in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula killing everyone on board. AFP PHOTO / HO / SELIMAN AL-OTEIFI / EGYPTIAN PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
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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.

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