An Egyptian military helicopter flies over debris from the Russian airliner that crashed at the Hassana area in Arish city, Egypt.
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The Russian jetliner that crashed shortly after takeoff from an Egyptian resort city broke up at high altitude, scattering fragments of wreckage over a wide area in the Sinai Peninsula, Russia's top aviation official said Sunday as search teams raced to recover the bodies of the 224 people who died.Aviation experts and the search teams were combing an area of 16 square kilometers to find bodies and pieces of the jet.An Egyptian ground service official who carried out a preflight inspection of the plane said the aircraft appeared to be in good shape.However, a Russian TV channel late Saturday quoted the wife of the co-pilot as saying her husband had complained about the plane's condition. Lufthansa, Air France, Dubai-based Emirates and Qatar Airways said they would suspend flights over the Sinai until the reason for the crash is known.
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