Cario (Agency) 31 Oct: A Russian plane with 224 people on board crashed in a mountainous part of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, with medics at the site reporting casualties, officials said.
Ambulances reached the site and began evacuating “casualties,” officials and state media reported, without elaborating on their condition.
According to the Egyptian government, 15 bodies have been recovered so far from the plane.
An aviation official had earlier said there were ‘many dead’ including 17 children.
The plane took off early Saturday from the southern Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh bound for Saint Petersburg in Russia but communication was lost 23 minutes after departure, officials said.
“Military planes have discovered the wreckage of the plane… in a mountainous area, and 45 ambulances have been directed to the site to evacuate dead and wounded,” a cabinet statement said. Officials and the state MENA news agency later said the “casualties” were being transferred to nearby hospitals.
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