On behalf of myself and my party, the Rwandan People’s Party (RPP), I would like to express our deepest sorrow at the crashing of a Russian airplane in the Egyptian region of the Sinai.
We would like to extend our sympathy to President Vladimir Putin, his government, the people of Russia and especially the families of all those who died in this disaster.
A Russian airplane crashed, while flying from the Egyptian resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. Russia’s State News Agency informed the world that the plane was a passenger jet, flight number KGL9268.
The plane was an Airbus A-321-200 jet; it had 217 passengers, among them 25 children and 7 crewmembers.
It is believed that all those on board the jet were Russian. The plane crashed in Wad Al-Zomat, a mountainous area in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, on October 31, 2015.
It is believed that this is the deadliest crash in Russian aviation history. The aircraft was operated by the Russian company Kogalymavia and a criminal investigation has been launched into the company for possible violations of aviation rules.
The disaster is the darkest day in Russian aviation industry and President Putin has declared three days of national mourning to be observed.
Initially, there was some speculation that the crash was caused by an act of terrorism. Indeed an affiliate of Islamic State, claimed they had shot down the aircraft with a surface-to-air missile.
However, it is now believed that the plane crash was a result of human error or technical difficulties. The Russian and Egyptian authorities have both ruled out terrorism.
This is the latest crash of an aircraft resulting in catastrophic loss of life in 2015. In Indonesia 122 people were killed in a plane crash and some 144 people were lost in the Greenwings air disaster in Germany.
The latest crash means that 2015 is turning out to be a tragic year for the aviation industry.
Once again the RPP wishes to express its condolences to the Russians President Vladimir Putin, the Russian government and people and above all those who lost loved ones in the crash.
My party wishes the President of Russia and the Great Russian People the strength needed to cope with this disaster. May God bless Russia and its people at this time of national tragedy and give them comfort.
John V Karuranga, President
Rwanda People’s Party (RPP)