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U.S. Officials Say Missile Didn't Down Russian Plane

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    U.S. Officials Say Missile Didn't Down Russian Plane
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    A Russian investigator walks near wreckage a day after a passenger jet bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, crashed in Hassana, Egypt, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. The Metrojet plane, bound for St. Petersburg in Russia, crashed 23 minutes after it took off from Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday morning. The 224 people on board, all Russian except for four Ukrainians and one Belarusian, died.

    U.S. officials are refuting claims that a missile may have struck a Russian commercial airliner that went down over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, NBC News reported.

    American satellite imagery detected a heat flash at the same time in the same area where the plane crashed, a senior defense official told NBC News late Monday. The satellite surveillance was confirmed by a second senior defense official, NBC News said.

    "The speculation that this plane was brought down by a missile is off the table," the official said.

    Analysts believe it could have been an explosion from within the plane itself, the official said.

    The Metrojet-operated plane crashed Saturday, killing all 224 people on board.