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What may have caused Sinai plane crash?


Investigators will be looking at multiple possibilities
An investigation into the crash of a Russian aircraft carrying 224 people in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing everyone on board, could take months. Their main lines of inquiry will focus on several scenarios.
The Airbus 321 operated by Kogalymavia was bringing 217 passengers, including 25 children, who had been holidaying in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh back to St Petersburg when it veered off course, losing altitude quickly.
Investigators will be looking at the possibility of a technical fault. There were initial reports the pilot had asked to make an emergency landing after technical problems on board.
While the airline insists the 18-year-old plane was fully airworthy, the co-pilot told his wife before take-off that the plane’s condition was poor. Yet there were no reports it had faults.
Investigators will also look at human error, despite the fact that the pilot had more than 12,000 hours of flying experience, including 3,860 hours in A321s.
The plane may have been shot down by a missile in this volatile region. Jihadis allied to Islamic State claim they downed the flight, but as the jet was above the range of their surface-to-air missiles this is highly unlikely.
Was there a bomb on board? Experts say this is more likely than a missile fired from the ground and some reports are saying the plane broke up in mid-air. But weeks of analysis of the wreckage site and debris lie ahead to study this theory.


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