Russia denies any new suspects in place crash investigation
A child's shoe is seen in front of debris from a Russian airliner which crashed at the Hassana area in Arish city, north Egypt, November 1, 2015. Russia has grounded Airbus A321 jets flown by the Kogalymavia airline, Interfax news agency reported, after one of its fleet crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO: The National Anti-terrorism Committee of Russia has not yet identified any suspects in an October 31, 2015 plane crash in Sharm el-Sheikh, Russian news site Life News reported Friday, following reports by Reuters that an EgyptAir mechanic had been taken into custody.

Despite an international committee reporting in late 2015 that the crash was “consistent with an in-air break-up,” Cairo has refused that the cause of the crash, which killed all 224 persons on board, was a bomb. The international committee, half of which is Egyptian, has not yet delivered a final report.

Social media accounts associated with the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the crash the day it happened.

Hotel occupancy in Sharm el-Sheikh had suffered since the crash, with rates hovering around 20 percent full, as compared to more than 90 percent full last year, South Sinai governor Khaled Fouad told Youm7 Thursday, adding that he estimated more than $750 million in lost profits for the resort town.

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