Mystery of Russian plane crash in Egypt deepens as officials back off initial claim of crash cause

November 2, 2015 7:27 AM

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The mystery of what caused a Russian airliner to crash in the Sinai Peninsula shortly after takeoff Saturday deepened Monday after an official from a Moscow-based aviation agency said the plane broke up in midair, killing all 224 on board.

The Daily Telegraph reported late Sunday that Egyptian officials had backed off their initial insistence that the Metrojet Airbus A321-200 went down due to a mechanical failure, with Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi saying that "an extensive and complicated technical study" was needed.

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