Russian passenger plane crashes in Egypt's Sinai desert

Russian passenger plane crashes in Egypt's Sinai desert
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A Russian passenger plane has crashed in the Sinai desert. The Kogalymavia Airbus A-321 was travelling from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to

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A Russian passenger plane has crashed in the Sinai desert.

The Kogalymavia Airbus A-321 was travelling from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg.

The Russian aviation authority said that the aircraft failed to make scheduled contact with Cyprus air traffic control 23 minutes after take-off and disappeared from the radar.

There were 217 passengers, and seven crew on board the flight.

Seventeen children boarded the aircraft.

All those on board are Russian nationals.

Update: No survivors likely among 224 passengers in Russian plane crash, say rescue teams https://t.co/o0Woeaoh5epic.twitter.com/sZgk9nTA1z

— PerthNow (@perthnow) October 31, 2015

Egyptian search and rescue teams have located the plane in the Hassana area south of Arish in the Sinai desert.

Russian plane crash: What we know till now https://t.co/K1yeDTyZ3opic.twitter.com/s3bvDQavIH

— NDTV (@ndtv) October 31, 2015

The plane went down in a mountainous area in poor weather. Authorities say it appears unlikely that there are any survivors.

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