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Sinai plane crash: black boxes found

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Sinai plane crash: black boxes found


The two black boxes from the Russian passenger jet that crashed in Sinai, killing 224 people, have been found.

The aircraft was carrying mainly Russian tourists.

It is not clear what caused the Airbus A321 to crash shortly after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday morning.

Euronews correspondent Mohammed Shaikhibrahim reported from the Egyptian capital, Cairo:

“According to the information available, the main hypothesis is that the crash was caused by a technical failure on the plane. But the answer will be found in the examination of the black boxes.”

The aircraft was operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet.

The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the crash, but Russian and Egyptian authorities dismissed the suggestion that the plane was targeted.

Airlines Lufthansa and Air France-KLM have announced that they will avoid the Sinai route until the cause is known.

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