Russian plane crash: Plane broke up in the air

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The Russian plane which crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula killing 224 people “broke up in the air,” an aviation official has revealed.It is, however, too early to conclude from that what caused the plane to crash, Viktor Sorochenko said after inspecting the crash site.The plane, which was travelling from Sharm el-Sheikh to the Russian city of St Petersburg, disappeared from radar on Saturday some 23 minutes into the flight. It was flying at about 31,000ft when contact was lost.

A team of investigators has begun examining the contents of two black box recorders recovered from the aircraft, although Egypt’s president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has warned the investigation could take months.Russian and Egyptian officials have so far played down reports of terrorism after Islamic State-linked militants, the Wilayat Sinai (Sinai Province) group, claimed responsibility for downing the jet.

 

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