Relatives of those killed in Sinai plane crash to sue aircraft owner

Published January 11th, 2016 - 05:44 GMT
All 224 people on board the aircraft were killed when the plane crashed in October, however officials are still in disagreement on whether it was brought down by a Daesh bomb. (Twitter)
All 224 people on board the aircraft were killed when the plane crashed in October, however officials are still in disagreement on whether it was brought down by a Daesh bomb. (Twitter)

Relatives of the victims who were killed in the Metrojet plane crash in the Sinai peninsula, Egypt, in October are suing the company which owned the plane, according to Sputnik News. The Airbus A321 aircraft was leased by Metrojet from a US company called International Lease Financial Corporation (ILFC). All 224 people were killed in the incident. 

Around 100 relatives of the victims will launch a lawsuit against ILFC, seeking between $300,000 and $1.5 million in damages, according to their lawyer, Igor Trunov.

He reportedly said “We have prepared the materials to claim compensation for the victims' families from the owner of the aircraft — an American company ILFC.”

There is still disagreement among authorities on what exactly brought down the aircraft. Russian and Western intelligence agencies have maintained that a bomb, likely planted by Daesh or a Daesh-affiliated group, caused the plane to crash. The UK claimed in November that it had information to strongly suggest that this was the case..

In Egypt, however, authorities deny this version of events and claim that there is no evidence for an explosive device being planted. 

Following the crash, an alleged Daesh-linked audio recording claimed responsibility for the attack.


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