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224 die in Russian plane crash


A Russian plane has crashed in Egypt with 224 people on board.

None of those on board survived the crash, according to Egyptian officials.

There had been previous reports from the crash site in the mountains of Sinai that voices could be heard from one part of the wreckage.

However, officials have now said that everyone on board, including 17 children, died in the crash.

The Airbus A-321 aircraft (pictured) was carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members and took off from popular tourist destination Sharm el-Sheikh.

The plane, operated by small Russian airline Kogalymavia and branded as Metrojet, was heading for St Petersburg in Russia.

Of the passengers on board, 214 were Russian and three were Ukrainian.

The plane disappeared from radar screens 23 minutes after its take-off time of 5.51am.

The black boxes from the plane, which record all the flight data, have been located. If intact, they will give an accurate picture of what happened in the moments before the crash.

The plane disappeared from radar when travelling at 31,000ft.

Relatives of the passengers have been frantically awaiting information from the airline’s desk at Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg.

Earlier, there had been hopes of finding survivors in the wreckage after an Egyptian security officer said he could hear the voices of trapped passengers in one section of the plane. The plane reportedly split into two sections on impact.

Russia’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Twitter: “I am deeply shocked by the plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula. The tragedy will be thoroughly investigated, the families will receive aid”.

(Pictures: /PA/Rex Features/AP/Reuters)at

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