"The members of the Rostransnadzor commission during an unscheduled inspection checked the implementation of the inspection requirements of non-admission to operation of the A321 aircraft before the risks were assessed and corrective measures were adopted, necessary to maintain an acceptable level of flight safety," the agency said in a statement.
Egypt is taking part in the investigation, as the crash took place on its territory, according to Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov. The country-operator of the aircraft (Russia) also takes part in the probe. The country of registration of the aircraft (Ireland) and the manufacturer country (France) are also participating in the investigation.
Several other countries have also expressed their willingness to take part in the investigation.