All 224 people aboard a Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt early Saturday have been confirmed dead, officials say.
Bodies belonging to 100 passengers on the Russian jet that crashed into the Sinai desert in northern Egypt this morning had been earlier recovered. This came as Egyptian security forces also announced that they heard voices inside the wrecked fuselage of the plane.
The aircraft, which had 200 adult passengers, 17 children and seven crew crashed less than 25 minutes after it took off from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Reports suggest the pilot was attempting an emergency landing at El-Arish international Airport after he warned air traffic controllers that the aircraft had developed ‘a technical problem’ and he needed to
land as soon as possible. The aircraft was descending at more than 6,000 feet per minute shortly before the impact.
Egyptian authorities confirmed that ‘casualties’ were being evacuated to local hospitals. A total of 45 ambulances have been sent to the scene.
The aircraft is believed to have broken into two sections after the jet crashed. Early reports said that the bodies of five children have been recovered, still strapped to their seats.