More than 220 people died when a passenger jet crashed over Egypt, officials have said.
Seventeen children were among 224 people who died when an Airbus A-321 plane crashed over central Sinai on Saturday morning. There were no survivors, the Egyptian government said.
The plane was carrying 214 Russian passengers and three when it went down shortly after taking off from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to authorities.
Metrojet flight 7K926 was destined for St Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport and had taken off from Egypt at around 3.51 GMT.
The plane, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, had disappeared from air traffic control monitors around 23 minutes after take-off.
Security services at the crash site had previously said they believed they could hear voices among the wreckage, but the Associated Press news agency later cited Egyptian officials as saying there were no survivors.
Officials at the crash site near the city of el-Arish said the plane had split in two, and bodies were reportedly seen strapped to seats amid the wreckage.
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