A tragic plane crash carrying more than 220 people succumbed to a fatal end when it crashed in Sinai Peninsula’s remote mountainous region after 20 minutes of its take off.
On Saturday, the plane took off from Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists. The Egyptian officials said there were no survivors in the crash.
An Islamic State affiliated militant group in Egypt claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian passenger plane.
Though the security sources earlier said that the plane crash was due to a technical glitch, Aamaq website which acts as a semi official news agency for Islamic State has a different story to offer.
“The fighters of the Islamic State were able to down a Russian plane over Sinai province that was carrying over 220 Russian crusaders. They were all killed, thanks be to God,” said the group.
Out of the 217 passengers, 17 were children, with about 138 women and 62 men.
“We don’t know any details about it, but obviously the initial reports represent tremendous tragedy, loss, and we extend our condolences to the families and all those concerned,” said Mr. John Kerry, U.S Secretary.
Reports said, Metrojet’s passengers were all Russians except 3 Ukrainians. The plane that had crashed went off the radar after 23 minutes of takeoff. Before the crash, the pilot had reported technical fault, after which an emergency landing was orchestrated. But in the next few minutes, the plane went off the radar missing. Russian officials are looking into the matter.