Russian Plane Broke up ‘In the Air’

CORRECTION Mideast Egypt Russian Plane Crash Tags: Egypt | aviation | accident | Russia

A Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt broke up “in the air” strewing fragments across a wide area, an expert said Sunday as investigators probed the disaster that killed 224 people.

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.

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