224 dead following Russian plane crash

224 dead following Russian plane crash

Latest Update: 12.50pm

British Prime Minister David Cameron has offered his condolences to the family and friends of the Russian plane crash victims.

224 dead following Russian plane crash

Update 12.15pm

Officials have said there are no survivors from the crash in Sinai, all 224 passengers and crew have died.

DNA samples will be taken from relatives of deceased to identify remains.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said he is "deeply shaken" by the crash.

Update: 11.41am

The black box has been recovered and It is reported the pilot asked for an emergency landing at El Arish airport.

The dead bodies of children have been discovered still strapped to their seats and Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared Sunday a national day of mourning.

Update 11.15am

More than 100 bodies, including five children, have been found and voices can be heard inside the wreakage.

Update 10:40am

Eygpt has dispatched 45 ambulances to the scene of the crash, where it is reported that the voices of trapped passengers can be heard from one section of the wreckage.

It is understood the plane split into two parts.

Meanwhile, relatives of those on board have begun arriving at Pulkovo airport in St Petersburg where they're being directed to a crisis centre.

Update 10.10am:

Five children have been found dead at the crash site.

The Airbus A321 was operated by Russian operator Kogalymavia, registration number KGL-9268.

The aircraft was carrying 217 passengers (200 adults and 17 children) and seven crew members.

The plane took off from Sinai's Sharm el-Sheikh at 5:51 a.m. local time, bound for St. Petersburg in Russia.

It disappeared from radar screens 23 minutes after takeoff.

Egyptian search and rescue teams have located the site of the crash in the Hassana area 35 km (22 miles) south of the Sinai Mediterranean coastal city of Al Arish.

Egyptian officials have said the plane was at an altitude of 31,000 feet (9,400 metres) when it vanished from radar screens.

Update 9.40am:

224 people are feared dead after a Russian passenger plane crashed in Egypt.

The Airbus A-321, carrying mainly Russian tourists, was on its way to St Petersburg from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

The Egyptian prime minister says the jet came down after losing contact with air traffic control, just 23 minutes into the flight.

Search and rescue officers say all passengers and crew are likely to have died.

Wreckage of the plane has been found in a desolate mountainous area of central Sinai.

Egyptian security sources told Reuters that there were no indications the plane was shot down.

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