Date
21 January 2017
Confusing and contradictory information continues to mar the probe into the crash of the Russian passenger plane in Egypt. Photo: AFP
Confusing and contradictory information continues to mar the probe into the crash of the Russian passenger plane in Egypt. Photo: AFP

Ambiguity shrouds Russian plane-crash investigation

An Egyptian-led probe into the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Egypt is bogged down in secrecy and squabbling, causing concern among safety experts that key evidence is being compromised, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Nearly two weeks after the Airbus A321 broke apart in mid-air on Oct. 31, killing all 224 people on board, most of the debris remains scattered over miles of desert in the Sinai Peninsula even though it could contain critical clues, the newspaper said.

The bodies of many Russian victims have been repatriated, but Moscow hasn’t said whether autopsies were performed.

There is also confusion about who will make up the investigative commission that will analyze the wreckage and search for answers.

The local affiliate of extremist group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for downing the plane.

The United States, Britain and Russia have all held out the possibility that the crash was a result of a terrorist act.

But the confusing and contradictory information continues to mar the probe, the Journal said.

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