Exclusive: Cause of Russian plane crash looking like explosion - source close to investigation

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 04, 2015 12:43 PM

By Ahmed Mohamed Hassan

CAIRO (Reuters) - The cause of a Russian plane crash in Egypt on Saturday is looking more like an explosion but it is not clear whether it was linked to fuel or engine trouble or a bomb, an Egyptian source close to the investigation of the black boxes said on Wednesday.

"It is believed to be an explosion but what kind is not clear. There is an examination of the sand at the crash site to try and determine if it was a bomb," the source told Reuters.

"There are forensic investigations underway at the crash site. That will help determine the cause, to see if traces of explosives are found."

Egypt has dismissed claims by Islamic State that it brought down the aircraft with 224 passengers and crew aboard.

The country's aviation ministry said earlier the cockpit voice recorder from the plane was partially damaged but that black box data had been extracted and validated and was being analyzed.

(Additional reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Janet Lawrence)