CAIRO: The Homeland Security Prosecution has formed a committee to investigate the crash of a Russian plane over Sinai last October and will review CCTV videos, judicial sources told Youm7 Thursday.
The Homeland Prosecution will also hear the members of the Civil Aviation’s technical committee that took over the case, as well as Sharm el-Sheikh airport officials and officers who investigated the case.
The case of the ill-fated plane was referred to the Homeland Security Prosecution per an Attorney-General Nabil Sadeq decision.
In a Thursday statement, Sadeq said the investigative committee formed by the Civil Aviation Ministry noted in its report to the general prosecution there is a “suspected criminal” element in the case.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in February the crash of the plane as caused by a person or group who “aimed to hit Egyptian tourism.”
“He who caused the plane crash….aimed to spoil the relations with Russia,” he added.
Following the incident, Russia imposed a travel ban on Egypt and banned EgyptAir flights go Enter is airspace; other European countries including Britain imposed travel ban on flights going to Sharm el-Sheikh.
Following the crash, the Egyptian government contracted with UK-based Control Risks Co. to monitor the security situations in its airports.
Egypt’s tourism sector, which represents 11 percent of the country’s GDP, has been suffering from ongoing shocks ever since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
The recent crash has caused a severe drop in hotel occupancy in the Red Sea resort town, where the winter months are typically its peak season.