Officials: Russian plane with 224 aboard crashes; no survivors

USA Today

There were no survivors among the 224 people aboard a Russian airliner that crashed early Saturday in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula shortly after takeoff from a Red Sea resort town, according to Egyptian officials.

The Metrojet flight, carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members, was en route from Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt to St. Petersburg when it dropped off radar screens 23 minutes into the flight.

The Russian state-run news agency RIA reported initially that emergency workers heard some voices at the crash site, but the Associated Press quoted Egyptian officials later as saying there were no survivors.

Airport authorities said all 224 people aboard Metrojet Flight 7K9268 were Russian, the Russian news agency RIA reports. The passengers included 17 children, aged 2 to 17, according to Russian authorities.

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Hmmm….Egypt immediately said it had not been shot down. Keep an eye on this story, because a thought really hit me when I saw the headline – energy weapons have come a long way recently. – OP

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