Russian passenger plane missing over Sinai, say Egyptian officials

Published: Saturday 31st October 2015 by The News Editor

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Egypt’s ministry of civil aviation says it lost contact with a Russian aircraft carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members over the restive Sinai peninsula, according to Egypt’s state-run news agency.

The flight took off from Sinai’s Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular destination for Russian tourists, at 5.51am local time and disappeared from radar screens 23 minutes after take-off, a statement carried by the MENA agency said.

It said the plane was bound for St Petersburg in Russia and a search and rescue team is looking for the plane.

Earlier in the day, an Egyptian official with the government’s incidents committee told local media that the plane had briefly lost contact and was now safely in Turkish airspace.

Published: Saturday 31st October 2015 by The News Editor

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