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    Russia's Worst Air Accident: A321 Crashes in Sinai (273)
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    The Russian Ministers of Transport and Emergency Situations, as well as the head of Federal Air Navigation Authority (Rosaviatsia) and representatives of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) will personally fly to the site of the Russian Airbus A321 crash in Egypt on Sunday, the Russian Ministry of Transport said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Saturday, the Russian airliner, carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members crashed in the Sinai Peninsula en route from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. All people on board, including 25 children, were confirmed dead by Russian and Egyptian authorities.

    "Maxim Sokolov [Transport Minister], Vladimir Puchkov [Emergencies Minister] and Alexander Neradko [Rosaviatsia chief] will head for the site of the crash, along with representatives of the Interstate Aviation Committee, and stakeholders from other departments. The work will begin early in the morning, as soon as dawn comes and the fog shatters above the site of the tragedy," the ministry said in a statement.

    Earlier on Sunday, the Russian Emergencies Ministry plane arrived in Cairo, with the ministers on board, including Sokolov, who chairs the government commission established shortly after the tragedy.

    The Kogalymavia airliner's crash has become the deadliest air accident in the history of Russian aviation.

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


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