An investigator has reportedly said that, the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt, broke up “in the air”. Earlier, International investigators began probing why a Russian airliner carrying 224 people crashed in a mountainous area of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
Everyone onboard the plane died in the incident, and it has been termed as one of the deadliest Airbus incidents in the past decade. Officials from Cairo and Moscow have already rejected the claim from a militant group affiliated with Islamic State jihadists that it downed the aircraft flown by the Kogalymavia airline.
As the investigation has already started, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, urged patience to determine the cause of Saturday’s crash, after the Islamic State jihadist group (IS) claimed it brought down the A-321 in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula.
“The disintegration happened in the air and the fragments are strewn over a large area,” said Viktor Sorochenko, a senior official with Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee, quoted by the Russian news agency RIA-Novosti from Cairo.
Sorochenko said it was “too early to draw conclusions” about what caused the flight from the Red Sea holiday resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on its way to Saint Petersburg to crash. He is heading an international panel of experts.
According to airport officials, a Russian plane carrying 162 bodies of those killed, left Cairo for Saint Petersburg, on Sunday.