A Russian airliner with an estimated 224 passengers onboard crashed in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt. According to officials, said Russian airliner lost contact with the aviation authorities on Saturday morning. Reportedly, the Russian airliner was carrying 224 passengers and crew members on an Airbus 321. The flight was en route from Sharm El Sheikh to St. Petersburg, Russia. Meanwhile, the flagship newspaper of Egypt, Al-Ahram, quoted an Egyptian aviation official as saying that the Russian airliner’s pilot requested to land at the nearest airport after an unspecified, unforeseen mechanical problem occurred shortly after take-off at 5:50am local time.
According to a website famous for tracking flights, Flightradar24 the Metrojet flight 7K9268 disappeared in Egyptian airspace some 23 minutes after take-off. The Russian airliner was descending at an estimated 6,000 feet a minute just before all contact was lost. The flight is reported to have crashed in the mountainous area in central Sinai where already touch terrain coupled with poor weather have made it difficult for search and rescue teams to perform effectively. The Russian airliner was carrying 200 passengers, 17 children and 7 crew, bringing the total up to 224.
Egyptian security sources have stated that there are no indications that the plane was shot down, which is becoming quite the popular opinion among masses based on the fact that Egypt’s North Sinai is home an Islamist insurgency for over two years where militants affiliated with Islamic State have killed hundreds of soldiers and police. The Russian President, Vladimir Putin has issued a statement offering his condolences to the families of the victims. At this point, all evidence points to a mechanical fault shortly after take-off. More will follow as updates are received.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.