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Investigators of the Russian plane crash in Egypt are "90 percent sure" the noise heard in the final second of a cockpit recording was an explosion caused by a bomb, a member of the investigation team told Reuters on Sunday.
The Airbus A321 had been in service for 18 years. Kogalymavia leased the aircraft from a daughter of the US-based International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) in Ireland, the Irish Times wrote. The deal was made in 2002, the newspaper said.
Ireland undertook to sell "serviceable" aircraft to Russia, and Russia undertook to maintain them. It turns out, though, that the Irish company is not responsible for rented and leased aircraft. The US-based owner (about 8,000 aircraft in leasing) has a bad reputation. According to The Irish Times, there were more 300 claims against the ILFC regarding the technical condition of aircraft.
Aircraft lessor Aercap moves €39bn in assets to Republic
The aircraft finance giant formed last year by the $7 billion takeover of International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) by Irish-based Aercap has moved the bulk of its near €40 billion in assets to the Republic, according to its chief executive, Aengus Kelly.
Aercap agreed to buy ILFC from US insurer AIG in late 2013 in a $7 billion cash and shares deal to form the world’s biggest aircraft leasing company, which had a fleet of 1,130 planes and another 391 on order at the end of last September.
The company has moved its commercial base to the Republic, where it has offices in Dublin and Shannon, which means that it has shifted ownership of the bulk of its €39.1 million (should be billion) in assets here.
The group had a target of transferring its assets here by the end of 2015 and achieved this ahead of that deadline. Irish rules on withholding tax meant that the move saved it €200 million.
Final conclusion: One should establish order in the field of aircraft leasing. One should toughen the rules and eradicate corruption. In this case, Russia would bid farewell to most of 130 air carriers.
"We have been talking about this security for 25 years. Yet, no one has ever paid any attention to it - either at the Transport Ministry or at the government. I am 100 percent sure that on December 1 we will all forget about the disaster, and everything will remain the way it is now. Nothing will be reorganized, no conclusions will be made, no suggestions whatsoever," Victor Gorbachev, CEO of the Association of Civil Aviation Airports told Pravda.Ru.
He recalled that the downing of the American plane over Scotland [On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people on board and 11 on the ground] was investigated during four years, and only after that the verdict was announced. "The layout of the aircraft fragments in hangar is at least needed to establish precisely and not theoretically the reasons for the airliner’s crash. This means that the plane’s wreckage should be transported from the crash site to a hangar in Cairo, laid out there and examined for several weeks and maybe several months. The chemical study of the scrapes made from the fragments may also continue for months. So now it’s absolutely premature to unambiguously declare the verdict. The terror act is just one of the versions. But even an explosion on board the aircraft may occur for very different reasons," Ivanov said. He added that "only the fragments’ layout will finally show where the explosion occurred."
Ivanov said that it is clear "that everyone wants the results as quickly as possible, but this never happens in reality, so it is necessary to be patient and wait for the actual findings of the probe commission."
The bomb contained up to one kilogram — or 2.2 pounds — of TNT, Mr. Bortnikov said, adding that “foreign made” explosive material was found on parts of the plane and other objects that were examined.
Russia has offered $50 million for any information leading to the capture of those who carried out the attack, and Mr. Putin vowed to track them down. “We will search for them everywhere, no matter where they are hiding,” he said at a meeting with his security council that was broadcast on national television. “We will find them in any place on the planet and will punish them.”
“People with a sense of fulfillment think it is a good world and would like to conserve it as it is, while the frustrated favor radical change.”
“The act of self-denial seems to confer on us the right to be harsh and merciless toward others.”
“The permanent misfits can find salvation only in a complete separation from the self; and they usually find it by losing themselves in the compact collectivity of a mass movement.”
“There is no doubt that in exchanging a self-centered for a selfless life we gain enormously in self-esteem. The vanity of the selfless, even those who practice utmost humility, is boundless.”
“The quality of ideas seems to play a minor role in mass movement leadership. What counts is the arrogant gesture, the complete disregard of the opinion of others, the singlehanded defiance of the world.”
“Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all the unifying agents. Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a god, but never without a belief in a devil.”
― Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements