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Putin: Plane crash in Egypt huge pain for all Russians no matter what caused it

November 16, 2015, 18:43 UTC+3 ANTALYA

The Russian president said it is premature to make any conclusions as to what caused the crash

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ANTALYA, November 16. /TASS/. All theories of the Russian passenger jet crash in Egypt are being looked at but it is premature to make any conclusions until expertise work is over, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.

"Yes, we are aware of all the theories, all of them are being considered," he said. "But final conclusions can be made only after all expertise work is over."

"If it was an explosion, the plane’s covering, the passengers’ belongings are to have traces of explosive substances, it is inevitable. We have enough equipment and skilled specialists of the world level who are capable of finding such traces. So, we can speak about the causes of this tragedy only after that," Putin stressed.

In his words, the crash of the Russian plane in Sinai "is an enormous pain for all of us, for the entire Russian people, whatever its cause might have been."

"It was a huge tragedy for all of us," he added.

An A321 passenger jet of Russia’s Kogalymavia air carrier (flight 9268) bound to St. Petersburg crashed on October 31 some 30 minutes after the takeoff from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh. It fell down 100 kilometers south of the administrative center of North Sinai Governorate, the city of Al-Arish. The plane was carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members. There were four Ukrainian and one Belarusian nationals among the passengers. No one survived.

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