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2 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2015 - 10:07AM #1
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A Russian airliner carrying more than 200 passengers crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula this morning, Egypt’s government and Russia’s aviation agency said.  There are no survivors.


There was no immediate indication that the plane had been shot down by militants, security officials told Reuters.


Egyptian military planes first spotted the wreckage in a mountainous area in the central part of Sinai, about 180 miles east of Cairo.  The civil aviation minister said the cause of the crash had not been determined.


The passenger jet “disappeared” over Sinai shortly after takeoff, the Russian aviation agency said.  Egyptian authorities said the plane was in the air for about 25 minutes and had reached 31,000 feet before it went down just after sunrise.


The Airbus A320 was carrying 217 passengers and 7 crew members.  It was a charter flight that took off from the airport at Egypt’s Red Sea resort at Sharm al-Sheikh.  It was bound for St. Petersburg.


The flight crashed in the area of al-Hasana, south of the North Sinai city of al-Arish.  The usual duration of the flight is 4 hours, 42 minutes, authorities said.


Russian tourists flock to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula every year, where temperatures remain warm throughout the winter.  Tourism is one of Egypt’s main sources of foreign currency, but the industry has suffered from political violence and turmoil in the wake of the Arab Spring.  Earlier this year, the Egyptian tourism minister said about 3 million Russian tourists traveled to Egypt in 2014, mostly to visit resorts along the Red Sea.


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2 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2015 - 11:57AM #2
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Reuters is now reporting that a militant group affiliated with Daesh in Egypt has claimed responsibility for the crash.  The group reportedly say so in a statement circulated by supporters on Twitter.


Egyptian security sources earlier on Saturday said early investigations suggested the plane crashed due to a technical fault.


The claim of responsibility was also carried by the Aamaq website which acts as a semi official news agency for Daesh.


Not sure whether they're lying or what.


news.yahoo.com/islamic-state-claims-resp...

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2 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2015 - 11:59AM #3
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Reuters is also reporting that Egyptian authorities have located the black box.


news.yahoo.com/egyptian-rescue-team-find...

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2 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2015 - 12:27PM #4
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Russia's top Investigative Committee has reportedly launched a criminal case against airline Kogalymavia, Russian news agencies said, quoting the committee's spokesman.


RIA news agency reported that the Investigative Committee's case had been brought under an article regulating "violation of rules of flights and preparations for them".


Interfax reported committee spokesman Vladimir Markin as saying that the case had been brought under Article 263 of the Criminal Code: "Violation of the safety rules for movement and exploitation of air, sea or internal water transport". 


Markin also said that a group of investigators and crime experts had been formed and would head to Egypt.  "They will operate in agreement with the competent organs and together with the representatives of the Republic of Egypt in accordance with the norms of national and international law," Markin said, according to Interfax.


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