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Russian Airliner Crashes In Egypt, All 224 Passengers On Board Dead

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The Russian embassy in Egypt said all passengers and crew members on board the Russian airliner which crashed Saturday in Sinai were dead.

Egyptian military and security officials said none of the passengers and crew of the Russian Airbus A321 which crashed earlier on Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula were alive. This information was confirmed by the Russian embassy in Egypt.

“Unfortunately, all the passengers of the Kogalymavia Flight 9268 are dead. We express our condolences to the families of the crash victims.”

According to the Russian embassy in Egypt, there were 212 passengers and 7 crew members on board. Earlier on Saturday, the Russian Transportation Ministry said there were 217 passengers and 7 crew on board.

Officials confirmed that 129 bodies and two black boxes from Airbus were found at the site of plane crash.

“Up to now, 129 bodies have been recovered,” Ismail said at a press briefing, adding that all bodies are taken to Cairo.

The victims include four Ukrainian nationals, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin wrote in his Twitter account.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry of Belarus said in its Russian-language Twitter account one Belarusian citizen could be on board.

St Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko told reporters Saturday that two Ukrainian citizens and one Belarusian were on board the plane.

The Sinai aircrash became the deadliest air accident in the history of Russian aviation, surpassing the 1985 disaster in Uzbekistan, where 200 peoplpe died.

The airliner en route from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg went off radar at 3:21 AM GMT 23 minutes after take-off.

Search operations are continuing for the remaining 95 bodies of the Airbus-A321 flight 9268 that crashed en route from Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg.


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