The Russian Plane Crashed in Sinai: Egypt PM

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Update: Egyptian search and rescue team members have found more than 100 bodies, including those of five children. The plane split into two, a small part on the tail end that burned and a larger part that crashed into a rock. We have extracted at least 100 bodies and the rest are still inside.” Egyptian search official said.

Moscow: A Russian airliner has crashed in central Sinai with more than 224 people on board, the office of Egypt’s prime minister has confirmed. Aircraft was carrying 224 passengers and crew, radar contact lost in cyprus airspace.

The Airbus A-321 had just taken off from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, on its way to the Russian city of St Petersburg.There were conflicting reports about the fate of the plane, some suggesting it had disappeared over Cyprus.

Most of the passengers are said to be Russian tourists.  The plane is operated by the Russian airline Kogalymavia. Latest reports say it is carrying 217 passengers and seven crew.

Egypt’s air accident chief said on Saturday that a missing passenger plane on its way to Russia had safely left Egyptian airspace and made contact with Turkish air traffic control.

 

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