20:27 GMT19 February 2020
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    Egyptian Ambassador to Russia Mohamed Elbadri said that it was "very premature" to speculate about the causes of the Russian Airbus A321 plane crash amid an ongoing investigation.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Egypt works closely with Russian investigators working at the site of the Airbus A321 plane crash that killed 224 people in Sinai, Egyptian Ambassador to Russia Mohamed Elbadri told Sputnik on Sunday.

    "We have extended our full cooperation with Russian technical team that flew to Cairo and we are offering them all the assistance, all information available," Elbadri said.

    Elbadri, who expressed "extreme sorrow" on the part of Cairo for the flight 9268 tragedy, said it was "very premature" to speculate about the causes of the crash amid an ongoing investigation.

    Elbadri said that, despite the incident, there were no recorded flight cancellations among Russian tourists to Egypt.

    "We all know that this is an accident and accidents in aviation do happen," he said.

    An inter-departmental working group headed by Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov is working at the flight 9268 crash site encompassing an area of 6 square miles.

    A special Egyptian-Russian-French commission has begun decoding flight data recorders earlier.

    A Russian Emergencies Ministry operational headquarters representative said earlier first victims of the crash were expected to be flown home later on Sunday.


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