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Last updated: 21 April 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 31 October 2015
Time:ca 06:13
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A321-231
Registration: EI-ETJ
C/n / msn: 663
First flight: 1997-05-09 (18 years 6 months)
Total airframe hrs:56000
Engines: 2 IAE V2533-A5
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 217 / Occupants: 217
Total:Fatalities: 224 / Occupants: 224
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 50 km SE of Hasna, North Sinai (   Egypt)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sharm el Sheikh International Airport (SSH/HESH), Egypt
Destination airport:Saint Petersburg-Pulkovo Airport (LED/ULLI), Russia
An Airbus A321, operated by Metrojet (also known as Kogalymavia), was destroyed in an accident central Sinai, Egypt. All 224 on board were killed.
Metrojet flight 9268 took off from Sharm el Sheikh at 05:50 hours local time (03:50 UTC). It followed airway R650 to the north along the shoreline of the Gulf of Aqaba. Overhead the Nuweibaa (NWB) NDB at FL210 the aircraft turned left, heading 340° to cross the Sinai Peninsula. Last contact with the flight was about 06:13 hours.
The Flight Data Recorder suddenly stopped at 06:13:20 hours while the aircraft was climbing through 30,888 ft altitude with the autopilot engaged. Airspeed recorded at that time was 281 knots.
Based on logged ADS-B data, flight tracking website Flightradar24 shows the aircraft climbing to 30875 feet, after which it shows erratic altitudes and speed indications. Last altitude recorded was 27925 feet at a speed of 62 knots.

Investigators reported that they believed the aircraft broke up in the air. Footage from the crash scene shows a main impact zone of the forward fuselage and wings. Engines were found away from the main wreckage, as was the tail section of the aircraft.
The debris is scattered over a wide area more than 13 km in length.

The Russian Federal Security Service stated on November 16 that the crash was caused by a terrorist attack. Traces of explosives were found in the wreckage of the plane. During the flight, a homemade device with the power of 1.5 kilograms of TNT was detonated.
The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee reported that it was determined that the aircraft skin had undergone high energy dynamic influence (from inside to outside) and that internal overpressure caused an inflight rapid decompression.

Loss of control

» Egyptian Civil Aviation Agency (ECAA) press briefing 7-11-2015
» Flightradar24
» AP


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Vertical Speed in fpm based on last minute of FR24 data
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Description of A321 tail section that broke away
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TC-OAE went to Kolavia as EI-ETJ in March 2012
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TC-OAE went to Kolavia as EI-ETJ in March 2012
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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
9 May 1997 D-AVZK Airbus first flight
27 May 1997 F-OHMP MEA - Middle East Airlines delivered
16 November 2001 F-OHMP MEA Tailstrike accident on landing Cairo, Egypt
2 June 2003 TC-OAE Onur Air
January 2007 TC-OAE Saudi Arabian Airlines leased
5 April 2007 TC-OAE Onur Air returned
November 2007 TC-OAE Saudi Arabian Airlines leased
24 January 2008 TC-OAE Onur Air returned
30 July 2010 TC-OAE Cham Wings Airlines leased
29 September 2010 TC-OAE Onur Air returned
30 March 2012 EI-ETJ Kolavia
1 May 2012 EI-ETJ Metrojet Kolavia rebranded as Metrojet

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Sharm el Sheikh International Airport to Saint Petersburg-Pulkovo Airport as the crow flies is 3530 km (2206 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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