MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Kogalymavia company, the operator of the A-320 airliner that crashed on the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, was inspected in 2014 and all the identified problems were fixed, a spokesman for the Federal Service for Transport Supervision (Rostransnadzor) said Saturday.
“There were violations, but the problems were fixed in time,” the Rostransnadzor spokesman told RIA Novosti.
Earlier in the day, the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry said that Russian A-320 airliner en route from Sharm El-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg disappeared from radar screens at 5:21 a.m. local time (03:21 GMT) 23 minutes after take-off.
The Russian Transport Ministry said that there were 217 passengers and 7 crew members on board. The Russian embassy in Egypt confirmed all people on board the Kogalymavia Airbus were killed.