A plane crash in the central Sinai region of Egypt this morning claimed the lives of more than 200 passengers. Most of the passengers were Russian, coming from the Sinai seaside resort of Sharm Al-Sheikh, one of the most popular tourist destinations for Russians. An estimated 3 million Russians vacation at the seaside resort each year.
Early reports are not always reliable but suggest that the aircraft did not explode in the air but lost power and went nose down after failing to make an emergency landing at Al-Arish Airport. The airline is operated by Kogalymavia, aka Metrojet, which specializes in transporting vacationers to tourist destinations.
Things to Know:
- The Plane was 23 minutes into the air when it lost contact with air traffic control
- 224 were aboard, 7 of them crew members.
- Early official statements suggest that technical problems brought down the plane rather than terrorism.
- A Russian state-owned TV station reported that the pilot reported technical problems and requested landing at another airport before it went down.