US can’t rule out terrorism in Russian plane crash in Egypt

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Nina Lushchenko's nephew Pavel and daughter Veronika react at her grave, after her funeral at a cemetery in the village of Sitnya, 80 km (about 50 miles) of Veliky Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. The first victim of Saturday's plane crash in Egypt was laid to rest on Thursday following a funeral service in a medieval church in the north Russian city of Veliky Novgorod. Russia's Airbus 321-200 broke up over the Sinai Peninsula en route from the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, killing all 224 on board. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States say it can’t rule out the possibility of terrorism in the crash of a Russian plane in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the U.S. hasn’t determined what brought down the Metrojet flight last Saturday, killing all 224 people onboard.

Earnest says he can’t discuss what U.S. intelligence officials have learned so far.

He also says the administration is reviewing what steps it can take to enhance security on commercial flights to the United States from certain countries.

Islamic State militants are taking responsibility for the crash — as a response to Moscow’s recent military intervention in Syria against the extremist group. But IS hasn’t provided any evidence to support that claim. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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