Moscow court to review lawsuit over Egyptian plane crash behind closed doors
MOSCOW, January 29 (RAPSI) – The Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow is to review emotional damages lawsuits against Ingosstrakh insurance company filed by relatives of victims killed in the Kogalymavia airline’s plane crash in Egypt behind closed doors, the press-service of the court told RAPSI on Monday.
The plaintiffs demand 93 billion rubles (about $1.68 billion) from Ingosstrakh. Overall, four lawsuits were filed with other defendants in the case being Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty, AerCap Holdings N.V., the Kogalymavia airline, and Triomed company.
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.