Monday, 02 November 2015 - 8:30
Sinai plane crash: Russian airliner 'broke up in mid-air'
A Russian official says that the Russian airliner which crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, killing all 224 people on board, broke up in mid-air,.
Victor Sorochenko, the head of Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee, said it was too early to conclude what caused the crash on Saturday.
He told reporters debris was found across a 20sq km-wide area of Sinai. So far 163 bodies have been found.
Russia observed a day of mourning yesterday after its worst air disaster.
Jihadists allied to so-called Islamic State in Sinai, had made a claim on social media that they had brought down flight KGL9268.
But Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif Ismail said experts had confirmed that a plane could not be downed at 31,000ft, the altitude the Airbus 321 was flying at, by weapons the militants are known to possess.