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Flight 7K9268 of Russian Airbus A321 crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

Nov 2, 2015 10:15 IST

Hassana area of the restive Sinai Peninsula: Russian plane Airbus A321 crashed
Flight 7K9268 of Airbus A321 operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia (Metrojet) crashed with 224 people, including 17 children on board in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on 31 October 2015.

The plane crashed while travelling from Sharm el-Sheikh bound to St Petersburg. It was travelling at an altitude of about 35000 feet when it started a rapid descent.

A day of mourning was observed in Russia on 1 November 2015 after its worst air disaster.

The cause of the crash remains unknown as the Russian authorities’ claims that it crashed due to technical fault, while Militants allied to Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on social media claimed that it is responsible for the crash.

Egypt and Russia, however, have dismissed ISIS claims. Egyptian Prime Minister said experts have confirmed that a plane could not be downed at an altitude of 31,000 feet, by weapons the militants are known to possess. Russian Transport Minister also said that there is no evidence which indicates the plane was targeted.

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