Doomed Russian jet did not issue a distress call: report

The Russian passenger plane that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday did not send out any distress call, reports said Sunday, meaning that the plane suddenly blew up. At a news conference, Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamel said "There was nothing abnormal before the plane crash," adding that "It suddenly disappeared from the radar." A number of Israeli commentators continue to claim, as Egypt did earlier, that the pilots of Metrojet Flight 9268 reported a technical problem to the Egyptian control tower, and that the Airbus A321 plane broke in half during the flight. However, there is no basis to those reports.

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