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Airbus 321 crash: the plane could break up high in the air

The fragments of the plane, scattered on a very large area, suggest that the liner could break up in the air at high altitudes - Russian investigators
Who and why downed Russian Airbus A321? – expert opinion

The fragments of the plane, scattered on a very large area, suggest that the liner could break up in the air at high altitudes. This was announced by the head of the Federal Air Transport Agency Alexander Neradko, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to TASS.

“The debris were scattered on a very large area – more than 20 square kilometers, the whole area is a stretched ellipse about 8 kilometers long and about 4 kilometers wide. All the evidence indicates that there was a destruction of the aircraft structure in the air at high altitude, “- said Neradko.

He also said that the deciphering of the “black boxes” of A321 has not been started yet.

In addition, several TASS’ sources in aviation and transport structures of Russia said that the plane could catch fire in the air.

“The thermal and physical destruction of the wing element found by Russian experts in the area suggests that the plane could catch fire in the air,” – the source said.

Earlier today, the emergency service team from Russia came to the Airbus 321 crash site in Egypt. Emergency Minister Vladimir Puchkov has promised to find all the bodies and transport to Russia in the shortest terms.

It should be recalled that in the morning of Saturday October 31, the Airbus 321 of Russian airline Kogalymavia took off 5:51 a.m. from the Sinai Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia, 23 minutes later the plane disappeared from the radar, and half an hour later it went down in the mountainous area of central Sinai, killing 217 passengers and 7 crew members.

It should be recalled that militants of an Egyptian group affiliated with Islamic State claimed that they downed a Russian flight “in response to Russian air strikes that killed hundreds of Muslims on Syrian land”, but Russia’s Transport Minister told Interfax news agency the claim “can’t be considered accurate”.