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Russian plane crash in Sinai was 'not brought down by Isis terrorists'

224 people, including 17 children, died in the crash on 31 October

Published 14/12/2015

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)

Egyptian authorities have claimed there is no evidence a Russian jet downed in October with more than 200 people on board was attacked by terrorists.

It comes despite Russian and British investigations claiming the plane was brought down after a bomb is believed to have been stored in the hold with an Isis affiliate claiming the attack in November.

A preliminary report on the crash on 31 October alleges investigators with the civil aviation ministry have "so far not found anything indicating any illegal intervention or terrorist action".

The plane, operated by Metrojet and carrying 224 people, including 17 children, lost contact with air control just 23 minutes after departing from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St Petersburg.

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While Egyptian investigators believe the crash was not caused by a “terrorist action”, Russian authorities have said they believe the crash was an attack.

Vladimir Putin vowed “retribution” on the individuals behind the crash, stepping up airstrikes over Syrian territory held by Isis in November.

Last month, Egyptian investigators said they were “90 per cent” certain audio recovered from black box caught the sound of a bomb prior to the crash.

In November a terror group affiliated with Isis released a statement online claiming the crash: "The fighters of the Islamic State were able to down a Russian plane over Sinai province that was carrying over 220 Russian crusaders.”

But while the latest from Egypt’s investigation contradicts previous statements, the vague wording from chief investigator Ayman el-Muqadam indicates more information may be forthcoming.

Egyptian authorities were criticised after the crash as security measures at Sharm el-Sheikh airport were heavily scrutinised, with the slow pace of the investigation also coming under fire.

The tourism industry – a cornerstone of Egypt’s economy – was badly affected in the weeks following the crash as the both Britain and Russia moved to evacuate their citizens from the previously popular destination.

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