Sinai plane crash Egypt and Russia dismiss Islamic States claim
Egypt and Russia have dismissed Islamic State claims that its militants were responsible for downing of the Russian Airliner in Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Saturday, killing all 224 people on-board.
Egyptian Prime Minister said experts have confirmed that a plane could not be downed at an altitude of 31,000 feet, by weapons the militants are known to possess. Russian Transport Minister has also said that there is no evidence which indicates the plane was targeted. After visiting the site of the debris, Victor Sorochenko, head of Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee said it was too early to conclude what caused the crash.
Militants allied to Islamic State in Sinai had made a claim on social media that they had brought down the flight.
Meanwhile, teams investigating the fate of Russian airliner have widened their search for bodies and debris. So far, 163 bodies have been recovered and the search area was extended to 20 kilometre after some were located away from the main wreck of the Airbus 321. A day of mourning was observed in Russia yesterday after its worst air disaster.