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Black Boxes Reportedly Confirm Russian A321 Destroyed by Explosion

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According to a French-language report from a TV network based in France, last weekend’s Metrojet A321 crash was no accident. All 217 passengers and 7 crew died in the crash, which took place roughly 20 minutes after the Airbus A321 took off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport (SSH) in Egypt en-route to St. Petersburg, Russia.

FranceTV Info and other publications cite an unnamed investigator with access to the black boxes, who said “Everything was normal, absolutely normal during this flight, and then suddenly nothing.”

Sharm El-Sheikh is located in a remote part of Egypt, making land departures difficult.
Sharm El-Sheikh is located in a remote part of Egypt, making it difficult to depart by land.

To recap, here are some of the key developments following Saturday’s A321 crash:

According to The Telegraph, a mission to bring back tens of thousands of Russians stranded in Egypt will now move forward more slowly than expected — only 21 of the 29 planned “rescue flights” will now depart from SSH today after many of the planes returned to Russia empty following this latest black box development.

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