Russian Airline with 224 Passengers Crashes. No Survivors.
A Russian plane carrying 224 people (17 of them children) lost contact from radars and crashed according to sources in the Russian and Egyptian authorities.
The Airbus A-321 had just left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for the Russian city of St Petersburg. Wreckage of the plane has been found in the Hassana area. It disappeared from radar screens when travelling at 9,500m (31,000ft), Egyptian officials said.
Initially there were conflicting reports about the fate of the plane, some suggesting it had disappeared over Cyprus.
Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail confirmed that the Russian plane did go missing over Sinai and said a cabinet-level crisis committee has been formed to deal with the incident.
According to the Flightradar24 picture below, which depicts the aircraft parameters, it shows an aircraft speed of 93kts. If this is an accurate detail, then a person may assume a severe stall occurred. Both "black boxes" have been recovered.
Earlier, the Egyptian air accident chief said the Russian plane had safely left Egyptian airspace and made contact with Turkish air traffic control.
Kolavia Flight 7K9268, an Airbus A321 went off radar 23 minutes after taking off the Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport, Sergey Izvolskiy told the media citing preliminary data.
A source in the Russian air traffic controller told Ria Novosti that the plane did not contact controllers in Larnaca, Cyprus.
The Airbus that was reported going off radar and crashing in the Sinai Peninsula was travelling from the Egyptian resort Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, Ria Novosti reported. It belonged to Kogalymavia airline, a small airline based in Western Siberia, which also uses brand name Metrojet.