The Russian embassy in Cairo officially confirmed the crash of a Russian aircraft KGL9268 in the Sinai peninsula of Egypt, killing all the 224 on board. It has been another gruesome incident involving airplanes in the recent past.
The Russian statement said that there were 217 passengers in the crashed plane who were from Russia, returning from a vacation. Unfortunately, there were 17 children on board apart from 7 crew members. The plane had been on a flight to St. Petersburg in Russia.
An Egypt newspaper said that the rescue teams have recovered a hundred bodies so far. The remaining bodies were in pieces and recovering them from a wrecked plane is highly difficult. The recovered bodies are being transferred to a morgue in Cairo.
The Egypt Government has sent a team of officials to the crash site to monitor the rescue operations and investigate into the cause of the plane crash.
On the other hand, the manufacturer of the crashed plane “AirBus” said that it is aware of the incident and is trying to assess the cause of the plane crash.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to investigate into the incident and declared an official day of mourning for the victims of the plane crash. He expressed his heartfelt condolences to the people who have lost their lives in the crash.
The Sinai medical department of the North declared a state of emergency and has sent 50 ambulances to the crash site. Russia on the other hand, arranged for five airplanes to help with the rescue operations and opened a hotline to assist the relatives of the victims.
Russian media reported that the pilot has requested for an emergency landing in the nearby airport before the plane went missing. The flight was last recorded at an altitude of 31,000 feet before it went missing.
The Egyptian Prime Minister arranged for an emergency meeting with the officials to discuss the possible role of the IS in the plane crash. However, there aren’t any evidence for such allegations so far, the CNN international reported.