By Dan Bart | October 31, 2015 11:45 pm
Russian airliner crushed in Egypt. 224 people dead.
Russian plane carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members crushed en route from Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt to St. Petersburg. All 224 people aboard Russian plane were killed when aircraft dropped off radar screens 23 minutes later after taking off.
It is the deadliest air accident in the history of Russian aviation, surpassing even a 1985 air-disaster in Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan, when 200 people were killed.
-Unfortunately, all passengers of flight 7K9268 were killed,
Such was official statement on internet-site of Russian Embassy in Egypt
-We express our condolences to the family and friends.
Egyptian officials said the 7-person crew and 214 of the passengers and all of the crew were citizens of Russian Federation and three were Ukrainian citizens.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a statement expressing his condolences to families of victims and declared November 1 a day of national mourning.
Airplane’s “black box” with valuable flight information was recovered from site of crush in a remote area of the Sinai, near Egypt-Israel border.
Immediately unknown group of Islamic militants in Egypt claimed it was responsible for the crush.
-The soldiers of the caliphate shot down a Russian plane in Sinai,” said militants’ statement circulated on social media.
Egyptian government ruled out the possibility that plane could have been shot down.PRINT THIS