Kremlin: no cause of Russian plane crash can be excluded

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there are no grounds to consider any version more likely than others.

No version of the Russian plane crash in Egypt should be excluded but only investigators can announce the primary cause, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

"Today no cause can be excluded but at the same time there are no grounds to identify one version as more or less reliable," he said.

"Only investigators can do this," he added.

"We have not heard any statements from investigators so far," Peskov said.

"Any other such conjectures have the nature of unverified information or speculations. If there are some more serious data, then we hope that these data, no matter who possesses them, will be placed at the disposal of investigators," the Kremlin spokesman said.

Specialists from several Russian ministries and departments are working at the crash site in Egypt, Peskov said.

"Naturally, all information is being accumulated and reported to the head of state," he added.

Russian Kogalymavia’s A321 plane, en-route from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed in the early morning of October 31 just some 20 minutes after its takeoff. The disaster site is 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the administrative center of North Sinai Governorate, the city of Al-Arish.

Flight 9268 carried 217 passengers and seven crewmembers and they were all officially announced dead following the tragic accident. Most passengers were Russian nationals. Among the passengers onboard were also four Ukrainian citizens and one Belarusian national.

First published by TASS.

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