Russian investigators have disclosed that a MetroJet Airbus A321 which crashed in Sinai a year ago had experienced high-energy damage to its fuselage skin from within.

The Interstate Aviation Committee states that analysis has located the area in which the destruction of the aircraft originated.

It says that the fuselage skin sustained a “high-energy dynamic effect” in the direction of “inside to outside”.

The A321 also suffered “explosive decompression” during flight, the investigators add.

None of the 224 occupants of the aircraft survived the crash, which occurred shortly after the jet departed the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for St Petersburg.

The Interstate Aviation Committee has given the update 12 months after the 31 October 2015 event.

It says the inquiry commission has gathered and assessed information about the crew, the aircraft’s previous flights, and carried out a field examination of the wreckage and on-board equipment.

Investigators laid out the debris in Cairo in September as part of the effort to determine the origin of the aircraft’s destruction, which Russian authorities have long suspected was caused by sabotage.

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