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In this photo made available Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, and provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, Egyptian Military on cars approach a plane's tail at the wreckage of a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims killed in a plane crash in Egypt home to St. Petersburg, a city awash in grief for its missing residents. (Maxim Grigoriev/Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP)
In this photo made available Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, and provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, Egyptian Military on cars approach a plane's tail at the wreckage of a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims killed in a plane crash in Egypt home to St. Petersburg, a city awash in grief for its missing residents. (Maxim Grigoriev/Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP)
Egyptian security forces stand guard by debris of a Russian airplane at the site a day after the passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg, Russia crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The Metrojet plane, bound for St. Petersburg in Russia, crashed 23 minutes after it took off from Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday morning. The 224 people on board, all Russian except for four Ukrainians and one Belarusian, died. (AP Photo)
Egyptian Army soldiers stand near luggage and personal effects of passengers at the site a day after a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg, Russia crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The Metrojet plane, bound for St. Petersburg in Russia, crashed 23 minutes after it took off from Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday morning. The 224 people on board, all Russian except for four Ukrainians and one Belarusian, died. (AP Photo)
People react as they come to lay flowers and toys at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Hundreds of people are bringing flowers and pictures to St. Petersburg's airport to commemorate the 224 victims of the Russian plane crash in Egypt. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Air France company employee, in yellow, lays flowers and toys at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Hundreds of people are bringing flowers and pictures to St. Petersburg's airport to commemorate the 224 victims of the Russian plane crash in Egypt. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
People react as they come to lay flowers and toys at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St. Petersburg, Russia, during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Hundreds of people are bringing flowers and pictures to St. Petersburg's airport to commemorate the 224 victims of Saturday's Russian plane crash in Egypt. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Air France company employee, in yellow, lays flowers and toys at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Hundreds of people are bringing flowers and pictures to St. Petersburg's airport to commemorate the 224 victims of the Russian plane crash in Egypt. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A portrait of one of victims lies next to the toys and flowers at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Hundreds of people are bringing flowers and pictures to St. Petersburg's airport to commemorate the 224 victims of the Russian plane crash in Egypt. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
People come to lay flowers and toys at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Hundreds of people are bringing flowers and pictures to St. Petersburg's airport to commemorate the 224 victims of the Russian plane crash in Egypt. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
People lay flowers and toys at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The Russian Metrojet airliner crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula 23 minutes after taking off from a popular Red Sea resort, killing all 224 people on board, including 25 children. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
People stand at a facility where identification of plane crash victims takes place, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The first 10 bodies of victims of Saturday's plane crash over Egypt were identified by their families Tuesday. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 en route from Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed over the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, killing all 224 on board. (AP Photo/ Ivan Sekretarev)
People mourn during a religious service in memory of the plane crash victims in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. A Russian official says families have identified the bodies of 33 victims killed in Saturday's plane crash over Egypt. The Russian jet crashed over the Sinai Peninsula early Saturday, killing all 224 people on board, most of them were holidaymakers. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
An Orthodox priest conducts an improvised religious service in memory of the plane crash victims in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. A Russian official says families have identified the bodies of 33 victims killed in Saturday's plane crash over Egypt. The Russian jet crashed over the Sinai Peninsula early Saturday, killing all 224 people on board, most of them were holidaymakers. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
People gather to place floral tributes at the foot of the Alexander Column at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. A Russian official says families have identified the bodies of 33 victims killed in Saturday's plane crash over Egypt. The Russian jet crashed over the Sinai Peninsula early Saturday, killing all 224 people on board. Most of them were holidaymakers from Russia's St. Petersburg. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
People gathered to lay flowers in memory of the plane crash victims at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. A Russian official says families have identified the bodies of 33 victims killed in Saturday's plane crash over Egypt. The Russian jet crashed over the Sinai Peninsula early Saturday, killing all 224 people on board, most of them were holidaymakers. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A girl rides a bike during a rain and hail storm, in Alexandria, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Rain was coming down in Egypt, where a senior Egyptian official said three people drowned in their sleep and 20 were injured after rainwater seeped into their homes in a village in the Nile Delta province of Beheira. (AP Photo/Heba Khamis)
People react as they come to lay flowers in memory of the plane crash victims at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. A Russian official says families have identified the bodies of 33 victims killed in Saturday's plane crash over Egypt. The Russian jet crashed over the Sinai Peninsula early Saturday, killing all 224 people on board, most of them were holidaymakers. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A couple stands next to flowers and toys at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St. Petersburg, Russia, during a day of national mourning for the victims of Saturday's plane crash over Egypt Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. A Russian official says families have identified the bodies of 33 victims killed in the disaster. The Russian jet crashed over the Sinai Peninsula early Saturday, killing all 224 people on board. Most of them were holidaymakers from Russia's St. Petersburg. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Portraits of two plane crash victims Natalia Soldatulina and Alexandra Pilip are placed near flowers and toys at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. A Russian official says families have identified the bodies of 33 victims killed in Saturday's plane crash over Egypt. The Russian jet crashed over the Sinai Peninsula early Saturday, killing all 224 people on board. Most of them were holidaymakers from Russia's St. Petersburg. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A woman with her baby reacts as she stands near to floral tributes for the victims of a plane crash, at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. A Russian official says families have identified the bodies of 33 victims killed in Saturday's plane crash over Egypt. The Russian jet crashed over the Sinai Peninsula early Saturday, killing all 224 people on board. Most of them were holidaymakers from Russia's St. Petersburg. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
People place flowers in memory of the plane crash victims at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Mourners continued to come to St. Petersburg's Pulkovo airport and Dvortsovaya Square on Tuesday to lay flowers and leave paper planes and soft toys. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Pictures of the plane crash victims are attached to the fence at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Mourners continued to come to St. Petersburg's Pulkovo airport and Dvortsovaya Square on Tuesday to lay flowers and leave paper planes and soft toys at the arrivals hall. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A woman reacts standing at pictures of the plane crash victims are attached to the fence at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Mourners continued to come to St. Petersburg's Pulkovo airport and Dvortsovaya Square on Tuesday to lay flowers and leave paper planes and soft toys at the arrivals hall. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Russia's emergency situations top officials arrive for a conference call with representatives of Egypt and St. Petersburg led by Russia's emergency situations minister Vladimir Puchkov to discuss the plane crash in Egypt, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The Russian emergency situations ministry said that a total of 140 bodies and more than 100 body parts were delivered to St. Petersburg on two government planes on Monday and Tuesday and that a third plane is expected to bring more remains later on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russia's emergency situations minister Vladimir Puchkov heads a conference call with representatives of Egypt and St. Petersburg to discuss the plane crash in Egypt, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The Russian emergency situations ministry said that a total of 140 bodies and more than 100 body parts were delivered to St. Petersburg on two government planes on Monday and Tuesday and that a third plane is expected to bring more remains later on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A police officer speaks on a phone at an Investigation Committee van at a facility where identification of plane crash victims is held, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The first 10 bodies of victims of Saturday's plane crash over Egypt were identified by their families Tuesday. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 en route from Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed over the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, killing all 224 on board. (AP Photo/ Ivan Sekretarev)
A vehicle carrying plane crash victims follows a traffic police car en route to a facility where identification procedures are held in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The first 10 bodies of victims of Saturday's plane crash over Egypt were identified by their families Tuesday. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 en route from Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed over the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, killing all 224 on board. (AP Photo/ Ivan Sekretarev)
The Kremlin guards pass flowers and toys laid at the memorial stone with the word Leningrad (St. Petersburg) at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside Moscow's Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Mourners have been coming to St. Petersburg's airport and other places since Saturday with flowers, pictures of the victims, stuffed animals and paper planes. Metrojets Airbus A321-200 en route from Egypts Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed over the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, killing all 224 on board. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
People lay flowers at the memorial stone with the word Leningrad (St. Petersburg) at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside Moscow's Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Mourners have been coming to St. Petersburg's airport and other places since Saturday with flowers, pictures of the victims, stuffed animals and paper planes. Metrojets Airbus A321-200 en route from Egypts Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed over the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, killing all 224 on board. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A girl bring her toys to place at the memorial stone with the word Leningrad (St. Petersburg) at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside Moscow's Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Mourners have been coming to St. Petersburg's airport and other places since Saturday with flowers, pictures of the victims, stuffed animals and paper planes. Metrojets Airbus A321-200 en route from Egypts Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed over the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, killing all 224 on board. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 Russian Emergency employees collect personal belongings of a plane crash victims at the crash site of a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. The Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims killed in a plane crash in Egypt home to St. Petersburg, a city awash in grief for its missing residents. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
A woman reacts at an entrance of Pulkovo airport during a day of national mourning for the victims of the plane crash, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
People stand at an entrance of Pulkovo airport during a day of national mourning for the victims of the plane crash, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A woman and child stand at an entrance of Pulkovo airport during a day of national mourning for the victims of the plane crash, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
People react, at an entrance of Pulkovo airport during a day of national mourning for the victims of the plane crash, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A woman reacts at an entrance of Pulkovo airport during a day of national mourning for the victims of the plane crash, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A woman reacts at an entrance of Pulkovo airport during a day of national mourning for the victims of the plane crash, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Floral tributes, toys and candles are photographed at an entrance of Pulkovo airport during a day of national mourning for the victims of the plane crash, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A couple react, at an entrance of Pulkovo airport during a day of national mourning for the victims of the plane crash, outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A portrait of 10 month Darina Gromova, a victim of a plane crash, is surrounded by flowers and candles at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A Russian Emergency Situation Ministry plane carring the bodies of air crash victims lands in Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians who are being repatriated to Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A truck, center, carrying the bodies of air crash victims leaves the Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians who are being repatriated to Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, Russian Emergency Ministry experts work at the crash site of a Russian passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. A Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims home to St. Petersburg, from Egypt.(Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 Egyptian soldiers collect personal belongings of plane crash victims at the crash site of a passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. A Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims home to St. Petersburg, from Egypt.(Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
Toys and flowers lie in memory of the plane crash victims, at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg, Russia, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, Russian Emergency Ministry experts work at the crash site of a Russian passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. A Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims home to St. Petersburg, from Egypt.(Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 Egyptian soldiers collect personal belongings of plane crash victims at the crash site of a passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. A Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims home to St. Petersburg, from Egypt.(Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 Egyptian soldiers collect personal belongings of plane crash victims at the crash site of a passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. A Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims home to St. Petersburg, from Egypt. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 Russian and Egyptian experts work at the crash site of a Russian passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. A Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims home to St. Petersburg, from Egypt.(Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, showing Metrojet Airbus A321-200 flight #7K9268 flight recorder in seen on display at an undisclosed location in Egypt, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. A Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims home to St. Petersburg, from the crash site in Egypt. ( Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 Egyptian soldiers collect personal belongings of plane crash victims at the crash site of a passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. A Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims home to St. Petersburg, from Egypt. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, Russian Emergency Ministry experts work at the crash site of a Russian passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. A Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims home to St. Petersburg, from Egypt.(Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
A Russian national flag flies at half staff at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St.Petersburg, Russia, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 Metrojet Airbus A321-200 flight #7K9268 traffic controller on display at an undisclosed location in Egypt, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. A Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims home to St. Petersburg, from the crash site in Egypt. ( Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
People grieve at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St. Petersburg, Russia, during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Young women grieve at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
People grieve at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St. Petersburg, Russia, during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Russian police officers guard an entrance of the crematorium where the bodies were delivered for identification in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians who are being repatriated.(AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Russian Ambassador to Egypt Sergei Kerbachenko speaks to journalists at the Russian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. The Metrojet Airbus A321-200 that crashed shortly after takeoff from an Egyptian resort city on Saturday broke up at high altitude, scattering fragments of wreckage over a wide area in the Sinai Peninsula, Russia's top aviation official said Sunday. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid)
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting with transport minister Maxim Sokolov, recently arrived from Egypt, at the Novo-Ogaryov residence outside Moscow on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. A technical fault or pilot error could not have caused the crash of a Russian plane in Egypt that killed all 224 people on board, a top official at the airline said Monday. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Alexander Smirnov, the Deputy General Director of Metrojett, the Russian airline company speaks to the media about their plane which crashed Saturday in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, during a media presentation in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Only an external impact could have caused Saturdays crash of a Russian plane in Egypt that killed all 224 people on board, raising more questions about what exactly happened. We rule out a technical fault of the plane or a pilot error, said Alexander Smirnov. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
Trucks carry the bodies of the air crash victims from a city morgue to the crematorium for identification in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians who are being repatriated to Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Trucks carry the bodies of the victims from a city morgue to the crematorium for identification in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians, who are being repatriated to Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Alexander Smirnov, the deputy general director of Metrojett, the Russian airline company speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Smirnov says the plane lost speed right before the crash.(AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
In this Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 photo taken and released Monday, Nov. 2, by Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov, second left, listens to officials as he inspects the wreckage of a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt. A Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims killed in the plane crash in Egypt home to St. Petersburg, a city awash in grief for its missing residents. (Maxim Grigoriev, Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
In this photo made available Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, and provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, Egyptian Military on cars approach a plane's tail at the wreckage of a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims killed in a plane crash in Egypt home to St. Petersburg, a city awash in grief for its missing residents. (Maxim Grigoriev/Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP)
Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations employees gather for a briefing at a city morgue in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
In this photo made available Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, and provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, Egyptian Military experts examine a piece of an engine at the wreckage of a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims killed in a plane crash in Egypt home to St. Petersburg, a city awash in grief for its missing residents. (Maxim Grigoriev/Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations via AP)
In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov, center, observes the wreckage of a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 from a board a helicopter. The Russian cargo plane on Monday brought the first bodies of Russian victims killed in a plane crash in Egypt home to St. Petersburg, a city awash in grief for its missing residents. (Maxim Grigoriev, Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)
Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations employees stand preparing to load the bodies of the victims from the ministry's plane in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, Pool)
People light candles during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The Metrojet charter crashed Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, a top destination for Russian tourists. All 224 people on board died. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
People gathered to light candles during a day of national mourning for the plane crash victims at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The Metrojet charter crashed Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, a top destination for Russian tourists. All 224 people on board died. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK TO SATURDAY, NOT FRIDAY - In this photo released by the Prime Minister's office, Sherif Ismail, left, along with military and government officials, visit the site where a passenger plane crashed in Hassana, Egypt on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. A Russian aircraft carrying 224 people crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, the Egyptian government said. There were no survivors. (Suliman el-Oteify/Egyptian Prime Minister's Office via AP)
CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK TO SATURDAY, NOT FRIDAY - In this photo released by the Prime Minister's office, an item, of clothing lies at the site where a passenger plane crashed in Hassana, Egypt on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. A Russian aircraft carrying 224 people crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, the Egyptian government said. There were no survivors. (Suliman el-Oteify/Egyptian Prime Minister's Office via AP)
A woman grieves at an entrance of Pulkovo airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. In a massive outpouring of grief, thousands of people flocked to St. Petersburg's airport, laying flowers, soft toys and paper planes next to the pictures of the victims of the crash of a passenger jet in Egypt that killed all 224 on board in Russia's deadliest air crash to date. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK TO SATURDAY, NOT FRIDAY - This photo released by the Prime Minister's office shows the tail of a Metrojet plane that crashed in Hassana, Egypt on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. The Russian aircraft carrying 224 people crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, the Egyptian government said. There were no survivors. (Suliman el-Oteify/Egyptian Prime Minister's Office via AP)
Deputy Russian Emergency Situation Minister Vladimir Stepanov comes to lead a conference call discussing a plane crash in Egypt, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. A deputy governor of St. Petersburg says Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, the first nine bodies of the victims of Saturday's plane crash over Egypt have been identified. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A truck of Russian Ministry for Emergency with the bodies of the victims, center, and ambulance cars parked at a city morgue in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
A Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations cargo plane carries the bodies of the victims prepares to land at Pulkovo airport outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, pool)
Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations employees walk past a truck preparing to load the bodies of the victims from the ministry's plane in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, Pool)
CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK TO SATURDAY, NOT FRIDAY - In this photo released by the Prime Minister's office, ambulances and a military helicopter stand by to transport bodies after a plane crashed in Hassana, Egypt on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. a Russian aircraft carrying 224 people crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, the Egyptian government said. There were no survivors. (Suliman el-Oteify/Egyptian Prime Minister's Office via AP)
People light candles to pay tribute to victims of a Metrojet plane crashed in Egypt, in front of the Russia's Embassy in Vilnius, Lithunia, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The Metrojet plane, bound for St. Petersburg in Russia, crashed 23 minutes after it took off from Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday morning. The 224 people on board, all Russian except for four Ukrainians and one Belarusian, died. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

The Government has warned against "all but essential" travel via Sharm el-Sheikh airport in Egypt after concluding that intelligence suggested there was a "significant possibility" that a Russian airliner was brought down by a bomb.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said all flights to the popular Red Sea resort had been halted and emergency security boosts were being put in place to ensure British tourists could fly home safely.

The decision follows a review of the airport's security by a team of British experts which reported to a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Egypt's foreign minister attacked the move as a "premature and unwarranted" step which would damage his country's tourism industry.

But Mr Hammond said the safety of Britons came "above all other considerations" and the Government was prepared to take the criticism.

The dispute with Cairo - which has dismissed claims by so-called Islamic State to have brought down the aircraft with the loss of 224 lives on Saturday - came as Egypt's president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi arrived in the UK for a scheduled visit.

He is due at Number 10 for talks with David Cameron tomorrow.

Mr Hammond said the decision to close down flights to the airport had been taken "very reluctantly" and praised Egyptian authorities for "moving heaven and earth to meet our demands on the ground".

Stranded passengers would be returned to the UK, he said, but reassured others out there that t he popular Red Sea resort itself was still considered safe.

"We are working with the airlines and the Egyptian authorities to put in place emergency procedures for additional screening and additional security to ensure that they can get home safely either on their original scheduled return dates or if they wish to leave earlier - though I should emphasise that we are not changing out threat level with regard to the Sharm el-Sheikh resort itself."

Mr Hammond apologised for the "immense disruption and inconvenience" caused - including to people who had been forced to return to hotels from the airport.

"I also recognise the immense impact that this will have on the Egyptian economy.

"But we have to put the safety and security of British nationals above all other considerations.

"When we are in possession of information we will not hesitate to act on it in order to protect that security and we will take whatever criticisms we receive."

The US also said initial intelligence suggested the plane was brought down by a bomb.

All those on board - mostly Russian tourists - were killed when the a Metrojet flight bound for St Petersburg from Sharm came down in the Sinai desert on Saturday.

The nature of the crash and the lack of an SOS call have fuelled speculation that it was caused by a bomb or missile, although Cairo has sought to dismiss claims that the crash was the work of Islamist terrorists, such as the self-styled Islamic State.

Mr Hammond said the Cobra meeting of senior ministers and security officials " reviewed all the information that we have available from a range of sources" about the plane crash.

"As a result of that review we have concluded there is a significant possibility that that crash was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft."

It was reported intercepted communications played some part in a preliminary US finding that a bomb had been planted on the aircraft by IS's Sinai affiliate - though there had been no formal conclusions drawn.

Examination of evidence such as the black box flight recorders is continuing.

Mr Hammond said he had spoken to his angry counterpart in Cairo, Sameh Shoukry.

"I recognise his concern. Of course this will have a huge negative impact for Egypt. But with respect to him, he hasn't seen all the information that we have," he said.

"And while we regard the Egyptians as very important partners - and we want to work with them not just on airport security but on all aspects of the development of their economy and the building of Anglo-Egyptian relations - when we see something which we believe represents a threat to British nationals we have to act on it and the other consequences have to be dealt with."

Downing Street said the information about the crash that prompted the move included " some that has recently come to light".

The initial assessment of the security arrangements at Sharm el-Sheikh airport from the team of UK experts was that "the Egyptian authorities had stepped up their efforts but that more remains to be done", a spokeswoman said.

"It is in our mutual interests to work together to do all we can to get back to normal service.

It would take at least until Friday to get in place sufficiently secure arrangements to begin bringing tourists home - with stranded passengers being taken to hotels, she cautioned.

EasyJet said it had cancelled its flights to and from Sharm El Sheikh tomorrow and would keep future flights "under review, pending further advice from the Government.

"Passengers booked to travel to Sharm El Sheikh in the next two weeks are able to request a refund, or change their flights to an alternative date or destination free of charge.

"We are doing all possible to keep all affected passengers informed and have provided hotel rooms for those delayed overnight this evening. We are working with the UK Government to work out the basis upon which easyJet can fly passengers in Sharm El Sheikh back home," it said.

"The safety and security of its passengers and crew is easyJet's highest priority."

A host of travel operators have responded to the Government's warnings by grounding flights.

Thomson Airways confirmed it has cancelled all outbound flights to Sharm el-Sheikh up to and including Thursday, November 12.

A statement said: "All customers booked to travel to Sharm el-Sheikh in this period will be provided with a full refund. As a priority, we are contacting customers due to travel tomorrow and ask those travelling later in the week to please bear with us as we manage this evolving situation.

"Our experienced overseas resort team will be updating all our customers currently on holiday in Sharm el-Sheikh of the change in FCO travel advice and we will be making arrangements to return these customers to the UK."

All customers on holiday in Sharm el-Sheikh who travelled on Thomson Airways on a flight-only basis are advised to immediately contact the 24-hour holiday line +44 33 33 365 147.

British Airways said flights to and from the resort would probably be delayed by 24 hours.

A spokesman said: "The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority. We would never operate a flight unless it was safe to do so."

Customers are advised to contact the airline at BritishAirways.com.

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