” No survivors ‘ in Sinai airline crash

Sinai airplane crash: No survivors on Russian airliner KGL9268
– 31 October 2015
– From the area Middle East
Family members of travelers sob at Pulkovo airport, St Petersburg – 31 OctoberImage copyright EPA
Image caption People awaiting their loved ones at Pulkovo airport were informed the news of the crash
A Russian airliner has actually crashed in main Sinai killing all 224 individuals on board, Egyptian authorities have actually stated.
The Airbus A-321 had simply left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for the Russian city of St Petersburg.
Wreckage was discovered in the Hasana location with bodies, in addition to the aircraft’s “black box”. A man explained an “awful scene” with bodies of victims still strapped to seats.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has actually proclaimed Sunday a day of grieving.
He has actually bought a main examination into the crash, and for rescue groups to be sent out to the crash site.
Egyptian authorities stated 214 of the travelers were Russian and 3 Ukrainian.
A traveler list released by the Russian Association of Tour Operators revealed that 10 of those on board were under the age of 10, with one just 10 months old.
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A commission headed by Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov is to leave for Egypt on Saturday afternoon.
A criminal case has actually likewise been opened versus the airline company, Kogalymavia, for “infraction of guidelines of air travel and prep work for them”, Russia’s Ria news firm reported.
Oksana Golovin, a spokesperson for the airline company, stated the business did not see any premises to blame human mistake.
She informed an interview that the pilot had 12,000 hours of flying experience. Kogalymavia did not yet understand exactly what triggered the crash, she stated, however the airplane was totally serviced.
Cops are reported to be browsing the business’s workplaces.
Russian authorities state the airplane was bring 217 travelers, 138 of them females and 17 youngsters aged in between 2 and 17. The majority of were travelers. There were 7 team on board.
Egyptian authorities examining the scene stated there were no survivors.
A centre to assist family members of the travelers has actually been established at Pulkovo airport, Tass news firm priced quote St Petersburg city authorities as stating.
Abrupt altitude loss
There were contrasting reports about the fate of the aircraft, some recommending it had actually vanished over Cyprus.
The workplace of Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif Ismail validated in a statement that a “Russian civilian airplane … crashed in the main Sinai”.
Mikael Robertsson from air travel tracking service Flight Radar 24: “This was something more than an organized diversion”.
Authorities state as much as 50 ambulances have actually been sent out to the scene.
Access to the location is strictly managed by the military and the surface is tough, reporters state.
One authorities informed Reuters news firm that a minimum of 100 bodies had actually been discovered.
“I now see an awful scene,” the authorities stated. “A great deal of dead on the ground and numerous passed away whilst strapped to their seats.”.
The airplane split in 2, with one part burning up and the other crashing into a rock, he included.
The Egyptian cabinet stated in a statement that air travel KGL9268 left Sharm el-Sheikh at 05:58 regional time (03:58 GMT).
It included that the airplane went off the radar 22 minutes after take-off.
The air travel had actually been due into St Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport at 09:10 GMT.
Kogalymavia airline company.
– Also called KolAvia.
– Founded in 1993.
– Carried out charter and routine air travels to other parts of Russia from the western Siberian towns of Kogalym and Surgut, and helicopter air travels for the oil and gas market.
– Rebranded as Metrojet in 2012.
– After takeover by tourist business TH&C in 2013, started air travels to worldwide locations popular with Russian holiday-makers.
– Currently has fleet of 7 Airbus-321s and 2 Airbus-320s.
When it vanished, Egypt’s civilian air travel ministry stated the airplane had actually been at an altitude of 9,450 m (31,000 feet).
Live air travel tracking service Flight Radar 24’s Mikail Robertson verified the altitude.
He informed the BBC that the aircraft began to drop really quickly, losing 1,500 metres in one minute prior to protection was lost.
Sergei Izdolsky, an authorities with Russia’s air transportation company, stated the aircraft had actually been because of reach air traffic controllers in Cyprus half an hour after take-off, however did refrain from doing so.
Not long after, he stated, the aircraft vanished from Cypriot radar screens.
Aeronautics main Ayman al-Mukadem stated the pilot had actually reported technical problems prior to the aircraft went missing out on, the Associated Press reported.
Regional weather condition observations in the area of the rescue scene recommend reasonably benign conditions.