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Russian plane broke apart high above the Sinai Peninsula, official says

Russian plane broke apart high above the Sinai Peninsula, official says

The Russian plane that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula over the weekend, killing all 224 people aboard, broke up high in the air, an official said Sunday, bolstering theories that the craft had a preexisting problem that led to structural failure.

The cause of Saturday’s crash remains unknown, however, and other ideas — including speculation that the St. Petersburg-bound Metrojet Airbus A321 plane may have been downed by a terrorist attack — continued to circulate.

“The disintegration of the fuselage took place in the air, and the fragments are scattered” across several square miles, Viktor Sorochenko, executive director of Russia’s...

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