Terror attack among possible causes of Sinai plane crash – Russian PM Medvedev: The PM stressed that the inquiry into the cause of the worst disaster in Russia’s civil aviation history, which took the lives of 224 passengers and crew members, is “still ongoing.” Russia’s presidential press-secretary, Dmitry Peskov, had said earlier that the international investigators from Russia, Egypt and other interested nations had not yet reached the preliminary conclusions on what caused the crash.
IIYUSHIN Il-96-300 is the initial variant and is fitted with Aviadvigatel (Soloviev) PS90A turbofans with a thrust rating of 16,000 kgf (157 kN, 35,300 lbf). Development started in mid-80s while the first prototype flew on 28 September 1988. The first Il-96 entered service with Aeroflot in 1993. A highly customized version of the Il-96-300, called Il-96-300PU is used as the primary aircraft in the Russian presidential aircraft fleet.