A Kogalymavia jet with 224 people on board has crashed in the central Sinai peninsula in Egypt. The flight 7K9268 took off from Sharm el-Sheikh, a city in southern Sinai and was heading to St. Petersburg in Russia. Official word on injuries and casualties have not yet been confirmed, although the aircraft is “thought to have completely destroyed”, said officials from the search and rescue team.
The aircraft that was involved – Airbus A321 – registration EI-ETJ. This picture was taken on August 5, 2014
Photo by Sergey Korovkin 84, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Egyptian air traffic controllers said that the aircraft lost contact 23 minutes after takeoff. The Airbus A321, registered as EI-ETJ, took off from Sharm el-Sheikh at 03:50 UTC. Data from FlightRadar24’s receivers, a live tracking app, shows that the plane stopped transmitting data at 04:13 UTC (6:13 AM local time).
The plane was reportedly flying 217 passengers and 7 crew members, which also includes 25 children. An unconfirmed list of passengers has already been published in The Life News.
The location of the crash is the remote Hassana mountains in Sinai. FlightRadar24’s data shows drastic changes in the altitude and vertical speed in the aircraft in the last minute. The aircraft was reportedly descending rapidly at the rate of 6000 feet per minute when the radio signal stopped at 28,375 feet.
Aircraft disintegrated into two, rescue officers pull 100 bodies
Reuters reports that the rescue officers may have heard voices coming from one of the two pieces of the aircraft. In another report, it was also reported that 100 bodies, including 5 children have been recovered. Conflicting reports on passenger numbers reported by the media has created confusion. Rescue efforts are also hampered by bad weather and the fact that the Egyptian forces were fighting the Islamic state in the wreckage area.
This is a developing news. Updates to this news story can be viewed here.
A previous version of this story stated there were 17 children on board. It has been updated on November 3, 2015 to include the updated statistic.
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