Russian passenger aircraft with 220 onboard crashes over Egypt

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A Russian plane carrying almost 220 people from Egypt to Russia disappeared from radars, and crashed in central Sinai, according to Russian and Egyptian authorities.

Kolavia Flight 7K9268, an Airbus A321, went off radar 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport, Sergey Izvolskiy toThe plane was carrying 212 passengers and 7 crewmembers, he added. Seventeen of the passengers are children.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail confirmed that the Russian plane did go missing over Sinai and said a cabinet-level crisis committee has been convened to deal with the incident.

The crash site was discovered hours later in a desolate mountainous area of central Sinai, Egypt’s aviation ministry reported.

All passengers and crewmembers are presumed to have been killed in the crash, Egyptian sources told Reuters.ld the media citing preliminary data.

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