ST. PETERSBURG, March 30 (RAPSI) — A settlement agreement between the daughter of a woman who died in October 2015 as a result of the crash of an Airbus-321 airliner on the Sinai Peninsula caused by an explosion on board, Kogalymavia Airlines and Ingosstrakh Insurance Company has been approved by a St. Petersburg court, the United press service of St. Petersburg courts informs RAPSI on Tuesday.
Ingosstrakh is to pay the woman 978,000 rubles ($13,000 at the current exchange rate) as compensation for damage and moral harm.
The Petrodvorets District Court of St. Petersburg, having considered in a preliminary court session a civil case initiated on the basis of a suit by Nina Smolenkova against Kogalymavia Airlines and Ingosstrakh Insurance Company as to compensation for material damage in connection with the death of her mother, approved the amicable agreement and terminated the proceedings, the statement reads.
After the said funds are transferred within 45 days, the right to claim compensation for harm and losses caused as a result of the incident from any third parties who are responsible or may be responsible for the incident is to pass from the claimant to the respondents, according to the amicable agreement.
As representatives of the "Flight 9268" charity foundation explained to RAPSI, the criminal case initiated by the Russian Investigative Committee in connection with the terrorist attack envisages no statute of limitations, but Egypt does not recognize the fact of the terrorist attack, and also does not respond to official inquiries from investigators.
The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on October 31, 2015, leaving 224 people dead. The airliner was flying from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia.
A militant group linked to Islamic State terrorist organization, prohibited in Russia, said in a statement that it had brought down the plane in response to Russian airstrikes in Syria. As a consequence of the attack, Russia cancelled air travel and tourist visits to Egypt.