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Melbourne plane crash: Airport reopens as investigation begins

Four US tourists and an Australian pilot died after their light plane came down on a shopping centre on Tuesday.

It had just taken off from the small Essendon Airport, which reopened on Thursday. The nearby shopping centre remains closed "until further notice".

Safety officials said they would investigate with "an open mind" and make a preliminary report next month.

The 15-year-old girl who was sitting on top of the bomb that brought down Russian jet over Egypt

Holidaymaker Maria Ivleva would have been killed instantly by the huge explosion just centimetres beneath her.

Reports in Russia say the device - which killed 224 people on October 31 - was likely to have been planted under seat 31A, where Miss Ivleva was sitting.

The teenager from St Petersburg had been on holiday in Sharm El Sheikh with her 44-year-old mother Marina, who was sitting in seat 31B.

There is no suggestion that any of the Russian tourists were suicide bombers.

Sinai plane crash: 'No SOS call' before disaster

Initial reports from Egypt said the pilot of the Kogalymavia airline had asked to make an emergency landing.

But minister Hossam Kamal said there had been no sign of any problems on board the flight.

Lufthansa and Air France-KLM said they would avoid the route while the cause of the crash was investigated.

A claim by a group allied to the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Sinai that it brought down the plane has been dismissed by Russia and Egypt.