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Oct 31, 2015 at 0613 LT
Sharm el-Sheikh - Saint Petersburg
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The aircraft left Sharm el-Sheikh at 0549LT bound for Saint Petersburg and was cleared to climb to FL350. Some 23 minutes after takeoff, the aircraft entered a steep descent and reached a descent rate of 6,000 feet per minute with a simultaneous reduction of speed before all radar and radio contact were lost at 0613LT. The aircraft crashed in a desert area located about 50 km southeast of Hasna, in the Sinai. None of the 224 occupants survived the crash. It appears the aircraft crashed in a slightly flat attitude and was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire (the central part of the fuselage and wings). Based on the debris scattered on a zone of 16 km2, it is now understood that the engines and the tail have been found few dozen yards from the rest of the fuselage. It is believed the aircraft partially disintegrated in the air but probably during the last phase of the descent and not at high altitude.
On November 17, 2015, Alexander Bortnikov, Chief of the Russian Secret Services, confirmed to Vladimir Putin that the crash was caused by the detonation of a small 'home made' bomb equivalent to one kilo of TNT that was placed on board the airplane in a beverage can.
On December 14, 2015, the Egypt's Civil Aviation Authority reported that the preliminary report has been finished and has been sent to ICAO as well as all participants in the investigation. Up to date, investigators reported there is no evidence that the crash was caused by a deliberate act. Therefore, technical investigations continues.