People attend a religious service commemorating victims of a Russian airliner which crashed in Egypt, at St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. REUTERS/Peter Kovalev
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Investigators of the Russian plane crash in Egypt are "90 percent sure" the noise heard in the final second of a cockpit recording was an explosion caused by a bomb, a member of the investigation team told Reuters Sunday. The Airbus A321 crashed 23 minutes after taking off from the Sharm el-Sheikh tourist resort eight days ago, killing all 224 passengers and crew. Lead investigator Ayman al-Muqaddam announced Saturday that the plane appeared to have broken up in mid-air while it was being flown on auto-pilot, and that a noise had been heard in the last second of the cockpit recording. But he said it was too soon to draw conclusions about why the plane crashed. Confirmation that militants brought down the airliner could have a devastating impact on Egypt's lucrative tourist industry, which has suffered from years of political turmoil and was hit last week when Russia, Turkey and several European countries suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh and other destinations. Emirates does not operate regular flights to Sharm el-Sheikh.
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