DUBLIN: The Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Saturday received a certificate of airworthiness earlier this year, regulators in Ireland, where it was registered, said on Monday.
The Airbus A321 which came down on Saturday killing all 224 people on board, was registered in Ireland to Willmington Trust SP Services (Dublin) Ltd and was leased to Russian airline Kogalymavia, a spokesman for the Irish Aviation Authority said.
“The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) conducted an annual review of the aircraft certifications in support of its annual Certificate of Airworthiness renewal process and all certifications were satisfactory at that point in time,” the spokesman said.
But he said oversight of the operation of the aircraft, including daily and monthly checks, was Russia’s responsibility under International Civil Aviation Organisation rules.
Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit has sent officials to Egypt to help with the investigation, the Transport Ministry said.