Crew members of the crashed airliner raised the issue of possible engine faults several times to airport technicians in Sharm el-Sheikh, a source at the airport has alleged in an interview with Russian news agency RIA Novosti.


“This aircraft appealed to the technical service in connection with engine start failure several times over the past week before this happened,” the source said.


In Moscow MP Vladimir Gutenev has told state news agency TASS he will seek to ban the use of planes that are more than 15 years old.


The Airbus A321-231 involved in the crash entered service in 1997 and has been operated by Kogalymavia, the company also known as Metrojet, for the past four years.


Previously it flew for Libyan company Middle East Airlines, Turkish company Onur Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Syrian company Cham Wings Airlines.


Kogalymavia began as a small regional airline in Russia in 1993, but now its 10 planes mainly fly to Egypt.


Its planes have been involved in accidents before, including a Tu-154 that caught fire on the runway in Surgut, killing three and injuring 43.