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Crashed Russian Airliner Pilot Did Not Seek Traffic Control Help

© AP Photo / Suliman el-Oteify, Egypt Prime Minister's Office via APIn this image released by the Prime Minister's office, Sherif Ismail, right, looks at the remains of a crashed passenger jet in Hassana Egypt, Friday, Oct. 31, 2015
In this image released by the Prime Minister's office, Sherif Ismail, right, looks at the remains of a crashed passenger jet in Hassana Egypt, Friday, Oct. 31, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Hossam Kamal said that the Russian pilot did not ask for help before “the aircraft disappeared from the radar suddenly.”

This image released by the Prime Minister's office shows the tail of a Metrojet plane that crashed in Hassana Egypt, Friday, Oct. 31, 2015 - Sputnik International
No Survivors Found at Crash Site of Russian Plane
CAIRO (Sputnik) – The pilot of the Russian airliner that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula did not request assistance from the air traffic control at Sharm El-Sheikh airport before the incident, Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Hossam Kamal said Saturday.

Egyptian sources were quoted as saying earlier the Airbus-321 flight 9268 pilot requested help from air traffic controllers due to technical difficulties. The airliner with 224 people on board disappeared from radars 23 minutes after takeoff en route to St. Petersburg.

“The air traffic controllers’ communication with the Russian airplane was carried out normally until the disaster,” Kamal said at a press conference.

The minister added that the Russian pilot did not ask for help before “the aircraft disappeared from the radar suddenly.”

A Kogalymavia spokeswoman said earlier the pilot had 12,000 hours of flying experience and the plane had been fully serviced.

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