Egyptian investigators find no evidence of terrorism in the Russian passenger jet crash

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 file photo, Debris of a Russian airplane is seen at the site a day after the passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, crashed in Hassana, Egypt. The Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt was brought down by a homemade bomb placed on board in a "terrorist" act, the head of Russia's FSB security service told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo, File)

(CNN) – Egyptian investigators have found no evidence of terrorism in the Russian passenger jet crash that killed 224 people in October, a preliminary report by the Civil Aviation Ministry said Monday.

“The technical investigation committee has not found anything thus far that indicates illegitimate interference or an act of terrorism,” Egypt’s lead investigator Ayman Al-Muqaddam said in the report.

The investigation is ongoing, he said. Russia said it had found evidence that a bomb caused the crash. The ISIS terror group claimed responsibility for downing the plane.

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