Egyptian authorities have no evidence the Russian airliner was shot down

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Sinai landscape from Hamburger Abendblatt video

Hamburger Abendblatt

October 21, 2015

Translated from German by Tom Winter

A Russian airliner with 224 people on board has crashed in the Egyptian Sinai. The forces on the spot reported recently, that they heard voices from a part of the hull, which had broken into two parts. Several bodies have been recovered. 

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Map from Hamburger Abendblatt video

The Airbus A-321 with the flight number # 7K9268 of the Kogalymavia air charter company was on its way from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg. According to the Russian Embassy, all occupants were Russian citizens, 17 of them children. 

The plane disappeared on Saturday morning 6:14 o’clock local time from the radar of the Cypriot air traffic control only 23 minutes after take-off. According to rescue workers on site, the crash site is located in mountainous terrain and is difficult to reach. In addition, bad weather is hindering access. Nevertheless, now more than 50 ambulances are en route. 

Sources from the Egyptian security forces affirm that there is currently no evidence that the plane was shot down. The security situation in the Sinai is poor, as Islamic militants there regularly perpetrate attacks on the army and police. The Egyptian government called an emergency meeting early Saturday morning. Any survivors, and the remains of the victims, are to be transported to Cairo.

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