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Current issue | Issue 1318, (3 - 9 November 2016)
Saturday,21 July, 2018
Issue 1318, (3 - 9 November 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Plane crash memorial

Al-Ahram Weekly

ON 31 OCTOBER Egypt marked the first anniversary of the crash of a Russian passenger jet over Sinai which killed all 224 passengers and crew.

The commemoration was held by the Sharm El-Sheikh governorate. Russian Ambassador to Egypt Sergei Kerbachenko walked with Egypt’s government officials holding candles at Peace Square during Sunday’s ceremony.

Kerbachenko said Russia felt “the compassion of Egyptians with the Russian victims from the very first moments of the crash”. He said he hopes that direct flights between the two countries will be resumed soon.

Kerbachenko said the “sadness is ongoing and will never go away”.

Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathi expressed his condolences to the families of the victims “and all those affected by the crash”. Egypt’s ambassador to Russia Mohamed Al-Badri also expressed his condolences.

Although the crash did not have a significant impact on Egyptian-Russian relations, direct flights from Russia to Egypt were suspended in the wake of the incident. The latest statements from Russia say direct flights may return by the end of 2016 or at the beginning of 2017.

On 31 October 2015, Egyptian air traffic control lost contact with the Russian MetroJet which took off from Sharm El-Sheikh en route to St Petersburg.

Twenty-three minutes after it took off, the plane crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, with officials saying that all 224 passengers and crew members on board were killed.

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