Egypt’s Civil Aviation Minister, Hossam Kamal, said on Friday that the last seven seconds of the cockpit voice recording from the Russian airliner that crashed in October in Egypt would be sent abroad for analysis.
Mr. Kamal said the recording would be analysed in one of the countries where the Airbus A321 was manufactured.
He said according to a multinational commission investigating the October 31 crash, a suspicious noise was heard in the last second of the recording.
“This sound will be analysed by sophisticated devices that are not available in most countries,” Mr. Kamal added.
The 18-year-old airliner was manufactured in Germany, while its engine was made in the United States.
British and US officials have suggested that a bomb downed the plane but Egypt has repeatedly warned it is too early to determine the cause.
An affiliate of the extremist group Islamic State in the Sinai peninsula claimed responsibility for downing the airliner as revenge for Russia’s airstrike campaign against Islamic State in Syria.
The Russian government on Friday suspended the major Egyptian airline, Egypt Air, from flying into Russia because of security concerns.
In the aftermath of the airliner crash, Russia banned civilian flights to Egypt, but allowed airlines to fly from Egypt to Russia to bring Russian citizens back to their homeland.
The ill-fated Metrojet flight was heading from the popular Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh to Russia’s second-largest city, St Petersburg, when it crashed in Sinai, killing all 224 people on board.
It was the deadliest civil aviation disaster in Russian history. Almost all the victims were Russian.
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