(WASHINGTON POST) MOSCOW— The Russian airliner that broke apart in mid-flight over the Sinai peninsula was not caused by any malfunction or pilot error, the airline said Monday, deepening the mystery over the disaster but leaving open probes into some kind of plot or attack.
The latest statements in Moscow gave no indications of the direction of the investigations into Saturday’s crash that killed all 224 aboard. But Alexander Smirnov, deputy general director of the airline, insisted the tragedy could only be the result of some “mechanical impact on the aircraft.”
Dmitri Peskov, the personal spokesman to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that an act of terrorism had not been ruled out, but urged patience until the investigation presents its results.
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