Two hundred and twenty four people, including seventeen children are believed to be dead after a Russian passenger plane crashed in Egypt

A Russian passenger plane enroute to St. Petersburg from an Egyptian resort city with two hundred and twenty four people on board crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday.


Seventeen children between the ages of two and seventeen years old were aboard the flight traveling from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg and is believed at this point to have no survivors.


Egyptian officials said that the pilot of the Kogalymavia Flight 9268, Airbus A-3221, had reported technical difficulties before losing contact with air traffic controllers.


Russian sources said that the flight reached an altitude of 31,000 feet but disappeared from air traffic controllers’ radar screens twenty three minutes later.


According to authorities in Egypt, the plane broke into two pieces with a small part on the tail end that burned and a larger part that crashed into a rock.


There is no immediate word on the cause of the crash.


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