Egypt plane crash: Lufthansa, Air France to avoid flying over Sinai

  • Egypt plane crash: Lufthansa, Air France to avoid flying over Sinai

Egypt plane crash: Lufthansa, Air France to avoid flying over Sinai

Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation has confirmed that a Russian passenger plane has crashed in the Sinai peninsula.

Aboard the plane 40 rescuers of the Leader Center with the necessary equipment and also two KAMAZ trucks, which will be used to Russian experts. All rescuers have a vast experience in dealing with the aftermath of similar tragedies, and their equipment and hardware allow them to work independently.

The Russian Airbus that crashed in Egypt broke apart "in the air", a senior official with Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee said Sunday.

Neradko is in Egypt to inspect the crash site along with two Russian Cabinet ministers.

The wreckage was found roughly 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the North Sinai town of El-Arish, Egyptian officials said.

At Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, where the aircraft was supposed to end its journey, mourners paid their respects to victims at a makeshift memorial.

There were 217 passengers, including 17 children, and seven crew members aboard.

"If the pilot doesn't report any faults on the plane, all that will be carried out is routine maintenance checks on the plane before take-off". According to Egypt's officials, no one survived.

President Putin has declared today a national day of mourning because of the crash.

The plane took off early Saturday from Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular Red Sea tourist destination for Russians.

Hundreds of people are bringing flowers and pictures to St. Petersburg's airport to commemorate the 224 victims of the Russian plane crash in Egypt. Most victims were Russian.

CNN's Ian Lee says, "Egyptian officials, as well as Russians, have ruled out foul play so far, saying that it's likely a mechanical issue". The team included six technical advisers from Airbus. The Russian airliner was cruising at 31,000 feet when it lost contact with air traffic controllers, according to Egyptian aviation officials.

Airbus said the aircraft was manufactured in 1997 and has been operated by Metrojet since 2012. It was a good plane.

A local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group claimed it "brought down" the aircraft, but Russia's transport minister dismissed the claim. Egyptian authorities say it crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

The cause of the crash was not yet known.

"We will keep that measure in place as long as we are not sure of the circumstances and the reasons of the Metrojet crash", Lufthansa spokeswoman Bettina Rittberger said.