Moscow, Oct 31 (ANI): A Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and crew crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday, the Egyptian civil aviation authority said. The Airbus A-321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia with registration number KGL-9268, 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. It took off at 5:51 a.m. Cairo time 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. Egyptian security sources said there was no indication that the Airbus jet had been shot down or blown up.
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