Rescuers extend search area at site of A321 plane crash to 40 sq kilometers

82 rescuers are taking part in the search operation

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry rescuers working at the scene of the October 31 crash of the Russian Airbus A321 passenger plane in Egypt have examined an area of 33 square kilometers, a spokesman for the ministry's National Crisis Management Center has said.

"The search area has been extended to 40 square kilometers. At the moment, 33 square kilometers have already been examined using unmanned aerial vehicles and based on the results of space monitoring," the spokesman said during a conference call at the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry on Nov. 5.

The ministry's rescuers have found more body parts of those killed in the air accident, as well as their personal belongings and documents, over the past 24-hour period, he said.

The rescuers are also helping representatives of the Interstate Aviation Committee and investigators from Russia.

"The recovered items are expected to be sent to Cairo at 9:00 a.m.," the spokesman said.

Eighty-two rescuers are taking part in the search operation, he added.

The Kogalymavia air carrier's Airbus A321 passenger jet, en route from Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on October 31, killing all 224 people on board.

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