Egyptian government said a Russian airliner carrying 224 people crashed on Saturday in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula.
The plane, carrying 217 passengers along with seven crew members, vanished from radar after taking off from the Red Sea Resort Sharm el-Sheikh on its way to the Russian city of St Petersburg.
Egyptian government said the crashed Airbus A-321 was operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia and most of the passengers are Russian nationals.
According to Egyptian media, the crash was caused by a “technical failure.”
An aviation team is on their way to extract the black boxes to determine the reason for the crash and teams of ambulances have been sent to the site.