Russia's aviation agency has criticized an airline executive for suggesting the passenger plane that crashed in Sinai was brought down by some external impact. His remarks were premature, said the agency, which had not ruled out ANY possible cause.
Russia has sent two planes to collect 60 Russian diplomats from the US in the expanding row over an ex-spy's poisoning in Britain. In Russia's city of St. Petersburg, US consulate staff are completing their departure.
The Aseman Airlines aircraft went down two days ago in the Zagros mountains. Authorities anticipate difficulties recovering bodies strewn over an area around 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) up a mountain.
At least 49 people have died and more than 20 are injured after a Bangladeshi plane burst into flames as it came in to land at Kathmandu airport. Officials said the plane was "out of control" as it approached the runway.
Airport authorities and the airline have blamed each other for the accident that left at least 49 people dead. Monday's crash of a small Bombardier propeller plane is Nepal's worst since 1992.
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