Cairo: A Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers and seven crew members has gone missing over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and has possibly crashed, media reports said on Saturday The flight took off from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and was heading to Russia.
As confusion continued to surround the fate of the civil aircraft, an AFP report said that Egyptian PM confirmed that Russian plane has crashed in Sinai. However, in a conflicting report, news agency Reuters said that the Russian plane which was reported as missing earlier, has left Egyptian airspace safely.
“The … Russian airline had told us that the Russian plane we lost contact with is safe and that it has contacted Turkish air traffic control and is passing through Turkish skies now,” Ayman al-Muqaddam, the head of the central air traffic accident authority in Egypt, said in a statement.
The Airbus that was reported going off radar and crashing in the Sinai Peninsula was travelling from the Egyptian resort Sharm El-Sheikh to St Petersburg. It belonged to Kogalymavia, a small airline based in Western Siberia.
More details are awaited.