All 224 on board Russian plane killed in Egypt crash

CAIRO: All the 224 people, including seven crew members, on board a Russian Airbus aircraft were killed today when it crashed in a mountainous region in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula for which the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility.

Egyptian security officials said there were no survivors among the 217 passengers- 214 Russians and three Ukrainians – and seven crew members. The passengers were mostly tourists.

Most of the 100 bodies recovered so far from the site of the crash were burned, Egyptian officials said adding that the wreckage was found roughly 100 kilometres south of the North Sinai town of El-Arish.

The wreckage was found in Hasana area, along with the plane’s black boxes. An official described the crash site as a “tragic scene” with bodies of victims still strapped to seats.

The Airbus A321-23 lost contact with Egyptian air traffic control 23 minutes after it took off from the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh for St Petersburg early today.

An affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) group in Egypt, which is waging a deadly insurgency in the Sinai, claimed it downed the plane, but did not say how. (AGENCIES)


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