A plane crash Saturday morning killed 224 people on board a Metrojet flight that departed from Sharm el-Seikh, Egypt. The flight was heading to St. Petersburg, Russia, when it crashed in Egypt after it suddenly dropped off the radar screen. The majority of the passengers were Russian citizens and according to “Fox and Friends Weekend” live on Saturday morning, there were no survivors.
The pilot of the Russian airliner reported technical difficulties and requested an emergency landing before all contact was lost with this plane. Out of the 224 people on board there were 17 children, who ranged in ages from 2 to 17. Seven crew members were also among the 224 dead.
According to USA Today on October 31, “Flight Radar 24, a flight tracking service, said the plane was descending at 6,000 feet per minute when it went off radar. The plane reportedly broke into two pieces, indicating the pilot may have tried to make a controlled landing.”
The plane went down in an area where Egypt has been fighting with Islamic insurgency. The authorities very quickly reported that there is no indication that the plane was brought down by terrorists.
The search and rescue teams have recovered 100 bodies by early this morning with the rest of the bodies reportedly still inside what was left of the plane. An unidentified Egyptian official said, “”I now see a tragic scene. A lot of dead on the ground and many died while strapped to their seats.” Dozens of ambulances were deployed to the site of the crash, but all passengers were dead on the scene.
KSL.com reports the plane crashed into Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. They also report that aviation experts have reached the crash site near the city of el-Arish. Shortly after the search and rescue teams arrived the black box was located. Reports indicate that the plane came down 23 minutes after reaching an altitude of 31,000 feet.
The plane’s black box was recovered, which should offer up the information as to what transpired in the air to bring that plane down. The radar indicated the plane came down at a rapid rate of descent before it fell off the radar screen. The reports coming from the scene indicate that the plane broke in two and that the debris field was fairly compact in comparison to other crashes in the past.
“Unfortunately, all passengers 9268 Kogalymavia Sharm el-Sheikh-Petersburg were killed. We express our condolences to the family and friends,” which is what the Russian embassy in Cairo posted in Russian on Twitter today.