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    In this photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, The Russian airline Kogalymavia’s Airbus A321 with a tail number of EI-ETJ on an airstrip of Moscow’s Domodedovo international airport, outside Moscow, Russia

    Russian Airliner With 224 on Board Crashes in Egypt

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    Russia's Worst Air Accident: A321 Crashes in Sinai (273)

    Earlier on Saturday Egyptian air traffic control said they lost contact with the Russian airliner en route from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg.

    The bodies of about 100 passengers were found among the wreckage of the Russian airliner which crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula Saturday, an Egyptian security official at the scene told Reuters.

    Bodies of all children have been recovered, he added. Seventeen children, aged 2 to 17, were on board. Officials say that there were no survivors.

    Sharm el-Sheikh Airport authorities said that all of the people aboard the aircraft were Russian.

    A Metrojet/Kogalymavia A321 en route from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg, Russia's second largest city, crashed Saturday near el-Arish in the north of Sinai, officials said.

    The plane went down in a mountainous area in central Sinai and poor weather conditions have made it difficult for rescue crews to get to the scene, the officer said. Other sources, however, suggest the weather conditions in the vicinity of the crash site were relatively benign.

    An Egyptian Health Ministry official said 45 ambulances were sent to central Sinai's Al-Hasana City, adding that an "emergency status" was declared.

    A source in Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) told RIA Novosti the Kogalymavia Flight 9268 carrying 217 passengers and 7 crew took off from Sharm El-Sheikh at 3:31 GMT and went off radar after 23 minutes of flight. Most of the passengers are said to be Russian tourists, including 17 children.

    The Russian A321 pilot informed air-traffic controller of technical faults after take-off and asked for route change, a source in the Sharm el-Sheikh airport told RIA Novosti.

    MENA news agency reported that Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail canceled all his scheduled visits on Saturday following the aircrash. A statement from the prime minister's office said Ismail had formed a cabinet level crisis committee to deal with the crash.

    There were no indications that the Russian Airbus was shot down, Egyptian security sources said. Egypt's North Sinai is home to a two-year-old Islamist insurgency and militants affiliated to Islamic State have killed hundreds of soldiers and police.

    Full flight history for flight 7K9268
    Full flight history for flight 7K9268

    Initial reports about the fate of the airliner were conflicting, with the head of Egypt's central air traffic accident authority saying the plane was safe and heading for Turkey.

    A team of Russian investigators is already en route to Egypt to determine whether any negligence or failures to observe proper procedures took place before takeoff, according to the Emergencies Ministry.

    Five of the ministry aircraft - three Il-76, Be-200 and An-148 - are about to depart to Egypt to deal with the aftermath of the crash, according to a ministry official.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a statement expressing his condolences to the families of the victims, and has declared November 1 a national day of mourning.

    Russia's Worst Air Accident: A321 Crashes in Sinai (273)
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    • kyle_anderson
      RIP. God bless their souls.
    • Mr. Blair M. Phillips
      Our thought's and prayers are with ALL that were on board.
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    • wendy93292
      RIP. Our world has become so violent, it is incomprehensible.
    • Mikhas
      Western corporate and state owned media is still waiting for instructions from Washington and the Pentagram on how to approach this.

      The fact that the plane is a European Airbus rules out the traditional, "bad Russian technology, Russia is about to collapse any minute now"-approach.

      What comes to my mind, apart from thoughts and condolences, is the M.O which is consistent with how tribal terror organisations like Mossad works. The Zionazi´s in occupied Palestine can resort to mass-killings for much less, but their hatred for Russia are at an all time high and they are clearly not happy about the de facto Russian NFZ over Syria, neither the prospect of having Russia in the region for a prolonged time, disturbing their schemes.
      Humm ... it smells to CIA operation . Aeroflot most follow the boarding procedures taken by El AL and provide their airplanes with anti missile weapons. I believe that USA or Saudi Araby or Qatar or Koweit or United Emirates or England or France or Sweden are given Surface-to-air missiles to ISIS or to other "Moderate" Islamic Terror group.
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      Hey Russia, exists a kind of computer viruses that, via simple USB pen drive, can permit remote control of a jet airplane or shut it down. Please investigate it. Condolences to the Russian people. Peace.
    • jaodernein garshinvicin reply toEUROPEAN (Show commentHide comment)
      Sequeira Mendes,
      I agree. It smells of CIA - Mossad operation. The outlaw empire would do anything to reduce Putin's popularity and one way is trying to blame him for terrorist attacks as a consequence of the intervention in Syria. You can be sure that the outlaw empire won't hesitate to kill hundreds of innocent people only for the purpose of manipulating Russian public opinion.
    • Shue
      This is very tragic and because there's too much shit happening at the moment, I'll wait for the official Russian investigation before I say anything other than my condolence to the families and the people of Russia.
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      Tragic! Not that any plane crash is normal, but nowadays nothing's normal, and the families of the dead will always have nagging doubts unless the investigation's clear, so I feel for them.
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      jasin reply toShue(Show commentHide comment)
      Shue, Those are about my thoughts, too. Condolences to the families and to Russia.
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      Condolences to the victims family's
      Was this retaliation for the recent goon hights... I smell RATS.
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      I offer my condolences to the families of the victims and hope that Russian investigators will quickly find the black boxes and take them back to Russia for a thorough investigation.

      Meanwhile, I hope and pray that it was not shot down by Nato or Israelis missiles. If it was indeed shot down because of Russia's presence in Syria, then its looks like WW3 is on the way.
    • jaodernein garshinvic
      it's circulating a video from ISIS where the bastards claim their responsibility and show a footage allegedly showing a mid-air impact of the plane with the missile
      ATTENTION it's not real, it's a footage taken from a combat flight simulation, and the footage is obtained filming the computer screen with a shaking camera of a phone out of focus so to give an impression of reality. I'd say the simulation is from the DCS series.
      Twitter link for video in this zerohedge article:
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      Despite any difference our politicians may have the American people send their prayers to the families who have lost loves ones in this tragedy.
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      whgiiiin reply toEUROPEAN (Show commentHide comment)
      Sequeira MendesSequeira Mendes, As an American I sincerely hope that this is not the case. Does ISIS have radar guided SAM batteries? My understanding is the plane was at 30,000 ft when contact was lost I assume this would be out of the range of a shoulder fired missile. If I had to guess explosives were smuggled aboard either on a timer in luggage or by a suicide bomber on board. Where there any Chechens on the passenger list?
    • Lee
      I offer my sincere condolences to those who perished and to those who love them.
    • Eva Brownin reply tojaodernein garshinvic(Show commentHide comment)
      jaodernein, Well i can tell you for Sure ! Mossad was not ! And more i can t say .
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    • Eva Brown
      The world could be a better place if USA and Russia decide that all those "problems" are a sign of love :) they should only realize that . :)
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