The bodies of 144 of those killed in Saturday’s air crash in Egypt have been flown back to the Russian city of St Petersburg as an investigation into the cause continues.


All 224 people on the Airbus 321 — most of them Russians — died when it came down over the northern Sinai peninsula.


The country observed a day of mourning on Sunday after its worst air disaster.


A second flight with more bodies is expected to arrive in St Petersburg in the evening.


Russia says it will pay compensation to the victims’ families and help organise funeral procedures.