Islamic State terror group in Egypt claims it downed Russian airliner.
A Russian Airbus aircraft carrying 224 people, mostly tourists, crashed in a mountainous region in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula today killing all on board. Egyptian security officials confirmed there were no survivors from among the 217 passengers and seven crew members on board the aircraft.
Most of the 100 bodies recovered so far from the site of the crash were burned, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity. All passengers and crew were Russian citizens, said Adel Mahgoub, chairman of Egypt’s civilian airport regulator. Egyptian air traffic control had lost contact with the Airbus A321 23 minutes after it took off from the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh for St Petersburg early today.
Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif Ismail’s office confirmed that a Russian civilian plane crashed in central Sinai. Flight KGL9268 belonged to Kogalymavia airline, a small airline based in Western Siberia. A criminal case has been opened against the airline for “violation of rules of flight and preparation for them,” Russia’s Ria news agency reported.