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Russian passenger jet crash in Sinai - 224 people killed

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By Sarah Chappell with Reuters, AP
Russian passenger jet crash in Sinai - 224 people killed
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A Russian passenger jet, carrying 224 people, has crashed in the Sinai peninsula killing everybody on board.

The early Saturday morning flight departed from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for the Russian city Petersburg, and disappeared from radar 22 minutes after take-off.

The wreckage of the Airbus A321 was found in the Hasna area and the plane’s two black boxes have been found.

Most of the passengers were Russian tourists.

Initial indications suggest the plane, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, crashed due to technical failure.

Egyptian security sources said the plane split in two, with part of it catching fire and a larger section crashing into a rock.