Egypt: Russian plane crashes in Sanai

Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation says a Russian plane with 217 passengers and seven crew on board crashed on Saturday morning in Sinai. There were no survivors.

It said the aircraft left the Sharm el-Sheikh airport in the Sinai Peninsula, bound for the Russian city of St. Petersburg. It was flying at 31,000 feet above sea level when air traffic control lost contact with it at about 0620 hours local time.

The ministry said that Egyptian air force planes had found debris of the Airbus A-321 near a mountainous area and 45 emergency vehicles were heading to the scene of the accident.

The ministry said that a working group had been formed to handle the operations. It is chaired by the president of the council of ministers and includes the ministers of Social Solidarity, Civil Aviation, the Interior, Tourism and Health.
-0- PANA AD/IN/JSG/MA 31Oct2015

31 october 2015 13:16:17

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