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    Search groups continue to look for the remains of the bodies and personal belongings of the victims at the crash site of the Russian Airbus A321 in Sinai, RT's Roman Kosarev told Radio Sputnik.

    On October 31, an Airbus A321 operated by the Russian airline Kogalymavia crashed in the Sinai Peninsula en route to St. Petersburg from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh. All 224 people on board died during the tragedy that has become the largest civilian aircraft disaster in Russian and Soviet history.

    "At the moment, we're looking for the remains of the victims, because not all the bodies were recovered yet," Kosarev said, adding that the main objective of search teams right now is to send all the bodies back to Russia.

    Furthermore, members of the Russian Emergencies Ministry are looking for personal belongings and other valuable items that belonged to the victims of the crash. They too will be gathered up and shipped back to Russia, Kosarev added.

    Meanwhile the first plane with the bodies of 144 people arrived to St. Petersburg. The bodies of the victims were then delivered to a morgue for further examination, according to Alexei Shupenko, the deputy head of the St. Petersburg branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry.

    When asked about a possible cause of the plane crash, Kosarev said it was certainly not due to a terrorist act.

    Having been at the site of MH17 plane crash in Ukraine, the RT correspondent said he was able to compare the fuselages of the two planes. The MH17 fuselage found in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine had clear penetration marks, meanwhile nothing similar was found at the Sinai crash site.

    "For now the terrorist act is ruled out," Kosarev told Radio Sputnik.

    Earlier today RIA Novosti also informed that so far the ongoing investigation hasn't found any traces of explosive devices among the debris scattered around at the site of the crash in Sinai. 

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    Russia's Worst Air Accident: A321 Crashes in Sinai (273)

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