Irish team to assist with investigation into plane crash

An Irish team, comprising staff from the Air Accident Investigation Unit of the Department of Transport and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), will fly to Egypt today to assist in the investigation into the crash of Metrojet flight 7K-9268 on Saturday.
Irish team to assist with investigation into plane crash

The Irish-registered jet crashed in the Sinai Peninsula shortly after take-off killing all 224 on board. As Ireland is the state of aircraft registry, the Air Accident Investigation Unit can offer or be requested to assist in foreign investigations.

The Metrojet Airbus A321-200 (registration EI-ETJ) is listed in the IAA register of aircraft as being owned by Wilmington Trust SP Services Dublin Ltd with offices in the Irish Financial Services Centre at George’s Dock in Dublin.

The aircraft was registered with the IAA in March 2012. In a statement last night, the Air Accident Investigation Unit said: “Following the acceptance of an offer of assistance, as the state of aircraft registry, to the Egyptian accident investigation authorities, the Air Accident Investigation Unit of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport will send a team on Monday to Cairo, Egypt to assist in the investigation of the accident to Kolavia flight 7K9268.”

“The team will be made up of an operations/ pilot inspector and an engineering inspector from the Air Accident Investigation Unit, and a regulatory/ operations adviser from the Irish Aviation Authority,” the authority confirmed.

The team will fly to Cairo from Baldonnel on an aircraft provided by the Irish Air Corps.

The 18-year-old plane was operating flight KGL-9268/7K-9268 from Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt to St Petersburg in Russia.

Built in 1997 the plane was formerly operated by Russian airline Kolavia as well as Onur Air and Saudi Arabian Airlines. It has been flown by Metorjet since 2012.

It’s known the same jet visited Shannon, Dublin and Cork Airports under a different registration in the past when it was operated by Turkish airline Onur Air.

Aircraft manufacture Airbus confirmed: “The aircraft had accumulated some 56,000 flight hours in nearly 21,000 flights. It was powered by IAE-V2500 engines.”

“In line with ICAO annex 13, an Airbus go-team of technical advisers stands-by ready to provide full technical assistance to French Investigation Agency BEA.

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