Russian passenger plane crashes in Sinai

01 November 2015

Cause of the crash remains unclear

  • Plane bound for St Petersburg crashes in Sinai
  • Egyptians and Russians dismiss claims the plane was struck down by Islamist militants

A Russian plane crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on 31 October, killing all 224 passengers on board.

The Airbus A321 plane, operated by Kogalymavia – also known as Metrojet – took off from Sharm el-Sheikh on its way to the Russian city of St Petersburg and crashed 45 minutes into the flight.

Egypt’s prime minister said a technical fault was the most likely cause, dismissing claims from the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) that it was responsible.

The cause of the crash remains unclear, but so far Dubai’s Emirates, Air France and Germany’s Lufthansa have decided not to fly over Sinai until further information is available.

Egypt’s civil aviation minister, Hossam Kamal, said there had been no sign of any problems on board the flight, contradicting earlier reports that the pilot had asked to make an emergency landing.

Cairo has since launched an investigation and has invited the French and the Russians to assist.

Sharm el-Sheikh is a popular holiday destination for Russian tourists.

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