Photos: Russian plane crashes in Sinai, killing all 224 people on board


An Egyptian search and rescue crew transfers the body of a victim of a plane crash from a civil police helicopter to an ambulance at Kabrit airport in Suez, 100 kilometres east of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015.The bodies of some of the victims arrived in Suez before being transported to Cairo

A Russian airliner has crashed in central Sinai killing all 224 people on board, Egyptian officials have said. The Airbus A-321 had just left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for the Russian city of St Petersburg. Wreckage was found in the Hasana area and bodies removed, along with the plane’s “black box”. An official described a “tragic scene” with bodies of victims still strapped to seats.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared Sunday a day of mourning. Russian authorities say the plane was carrying 217 passengers, 138 of them women and 17 children aged between 2 and 17. Most were tourists. There were seven crew on board.

Relatives react at the St. Petersburg, Russia, airport after news of the crash.

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