Probe of Russian Plane Crash in Egypt’s Sinai Points to Breakup in Flight


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The Russian passenger jet that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula with 224 people on board broke apart in flight and debris from the tail section was found separate from the rest of the fuselage, suggesting that section may have split off in the air, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Russian authorities suggested the cause of Saturday’s crash was likely mechanical failure, though it was too early to draw a firm conclusion.

The midair breakup left debris scattered over approximately eight square miles, the head of the Russian-led Interstate Aviation Committee, Viktor Sorochenko, said Sunday.

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