Russian airliner crashed in Egypt - many dead

Russian airliner crashed in Egypt - many dead
Russian airliner crashed in Egypt - many dead
The "black box" from the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt, has been found, according to security sources in the country.

The box contains information about the flight until the aircraft crashed in the Sinai Peninsula. 224 people were on board the plane, which was heading from the resort Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt to St. Petersburg in Russia.

The office of the Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif Ismail confirmed that the plane crashed in central peninsula.

He has appointed a crisis group to deal with the accident.

Investigators and rescue workers are at the scene, according to the Egyptian Air Crash Investigation.

- They have found debris from the aircraft, an Airbus 321, says the Commission's leader Ayman al-Moqdam, to the news agency DPA.

A member of the Egyptian Air Crash Investigation said that the pilot reported of technical problems before the accident, according to the news agency AP.

The pilot also requested to land at the nearest airport.

The accident happened in an area with lots of mountains, and bad weather has made it difficult for rescuers to arrive.

Most of the passengers on the flight are Russian tourists. The accident occurred in a troubled area where Islamic insurgents are active, but sources in the Egyptian security services say there is nothing that suggest that the plane was shot down.

- Rescue workers are trying to get into a part of the plane where there are passengers. We hope to find survivors, especially after we heard voices from people in pain, says a source to Reuters.

He says that the plane is divided into two parts, and that the biggest part has crashed into a mountainside. A small portion of the tail has burned.

- It's a tragic scene. Many dead are lying on the ground, and many of them are still strapped into their seats, said the source, who belongs to the security services who work at the accident site.

Sunday is declared a national day of mourning, according to a press release from the Russian government.

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