UPDATE: No survivors in all Russian Mt. Sinai plane crash

By Amako Nneji October 31, 2015 10:45

UPDATE: No survivors in all Russian Mt. Sinai plane crash

Russia’s embassy in Egypt, and military and security officials have confirmed that there were no survivors from the Russian passenger plane crash in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula carrying 224 people.

Officials also confirmed that all the victims were Russian citizens.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian emergency officials to fly immediately to the crash site to coordinate the search and rescue operations. Authorities say the plane was carrying 217 passengers and 7 crew members from the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular tourist resort for Russians, back to St. Petersburg.

Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport authorities are currently looking after the victims’ relatives, with emergency operations centre being set up for relatives at Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Egyptian authorities have also provided psychological services to the relatives.

However, Kogalymavia airline spokeswoman Oxana Golovina has said the captain of the crashed Airbus – Valery Nemov – had more than 12,000 hours of flying experience, the Russian news agency Interfax reports.

“Our aircraft was in full working order, our crew was experienced, our pilot had a great deal of flying experience, so we don’t know (what caused the crash)”

The plane took off early Saturday from Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular Red Sea tourist destination for Russians.

Plane tracking website Flight Radar said Metrojet flight 7K9268 disappeared over Egypt 23 minutes after takeoff.

Egyptian authorities say the wreckage has been found in area where Egyptian forces are fighting an Islamic militant insurgency.

Breaking: Plane crash kills over 200 in sinai
A Russian airliner has crashed in central Sinai, in Egypt, with about 271 passengers and seven crew members on board.

The office of the Egyptian Prime Minister, while confirming this to the BBC, stated that 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.

As at the time of filing this report, it was not clear yet where the plane crashed, as some suggested that it may have disappeared over Cyprus.

Most of the passengers on the plane operated by the Russian airline, Kogalymavia established since 1993, were said to be Russian tourists.

According to CNN reports, 224 passengers and crew were on board the crashed Russian plane, as the Egyptian Prime Minister, Sharif Ismail and the ministers are in an emergency meeting over the incident.

The Egyptian authorities are having a torrid time having access to the suspected crash site because of the mountain-like ruggedness of Sinai.

The plane crashed into central Sinai and the compromise occurred just 23 minutes after it took off.

More later…