Egyptian army soldiers stand guard next to the plane nose of a crashed A321 Russian airliner at the site of the wreckage in Wadi el-Zolmat, a mountainous area in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on November 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI
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A Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt on Saturday "broke up in the air," a Russian aviation official said on Sunday, adding that it was too early to talk about conclusions from the crash, Russian news agencies reported.Eyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said an investigation into the causes of Saturday's Russian plane crash in which 224 people were killed could take months.The plane was carrying 214 Russian and three Ukrainian passengers, along with seven crew members.The team will be joined by two investigators from its German counterpart BFU, because the plane was manufactured in Germany, and four investigators from its Russian counterpart MAK, because the plane was operated by a Russian company.It is not clear what caused the plane crash Saturday morning that killed 224 people on the flight from Egypt to St. Petersburg.The plane crashed in an area where Egyptian forces have been battling an Islamist insurgency. Kogalymavia, the airline, released a statement offering condolences to the families of the victims and defending the pilot, Valery Nemov, who it said had more than 12,000 hours of flying experience, including 3,860 hours on an Airbus A321 .
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