Russian airliner crashes in Sinai

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A Russian-operated Airbus A321 with 224 passengers and crew on board has crashed in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Russian airliner crashes in Sinai

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File footage shows a plane of Russian airline Kogalymavia, which operates under the name Metrojet, taxiing in Moscow airport. Another airliner of Kogalymavia carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, the Egyptian civil aviation authority said.

The Airbus A-321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, was flying from the Sinai Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it went down in a desolate mountainous area of central Sinai soon after daybreak, the aviation ministry said.

It took off at 5:51 a.m. Cairo time (0351 GMT) and disappeared from radar screens 23 minutes later, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry said in a statement.

The plane was completely destroyed and all those on board are likely to have died, the Egyptian security officer who arrived at the scene told Reuters by telephone.

Egyptian security sources said there was no indication that the Airbus jet had been shot down or blown up.

After delays caused by poor weather conditions, Egyptian search and rescue teams located the site of the crash in the Hassana area 35 km (22 miles) south of the Sinai Mediterranean coastal city of Al Arish, the aviation ministry statement said.

The plane was at an altitude of 31,000 feet (9,450 metres) when it vanished from radar screens, it said. Rescue service sources said so far five ambulances had managed to reach the crash site.

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