110215Kogalymavia Leppard, who has been involved in aircraft accident investigations for over 45 years, agreed with the emerging consensus that a bomb may have been planted on the plane.

“It does appear that the aircraft was coming apart well before it struck the ground, as they found bodies and wreckage as far away as three miles from the crash site,” he said.

Airbus to delay delivery of first A380 to Russia’s Transaero

An Airbus A380, the world's largest jetliner paticipates in flying display during the 51st Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport near ParisRelated: AEROSPACE & DEFENSE

European planemaker Airbus (AIR.PA) is delaying the delivery of Russian carrier Transaero Airline’s (TAER.MM) first A380 superjumbo, an Airbus spokeswoman said on Wednesday, as the recession-hit Russian economy dents travel demand in the region.

“The contract is still in place,” the spokeswoman said. “We are looking at rescheduling the delivery of the first plane, which was planned for this year.”

She added that there were no details of the new delivery schedule.

Bloomberg had earlier cited an Airbus executive as saying the delivery delay was no big surprise given the turbulence in the Russian market.