Egypt confirmed on Saturday that a Russian passenger plan had crashed in central Sinai.
A "Russian civilian plane... crashed in the central Sinai," the office of Prime Minister Sharif Ismail said in a statement, adding that a cabinet level crisis committee has been formed to deal with the crash.
An Egyptian rescue team has located the wreckage of crashed plane in southern Arish in Sinai and found the aircraft completely destroyed, a security official said.
There were no indications that the plane was shot down, Egyptian security sources said. Egypt's North Sinai is home to a two-year-old insurgency and militants affiliated to Daesh have killed hundreds of soldiers and police.
A senior aviation official said it was a charter flight operated by a Russian company and had on board 217 passengers and seven crew members. Communication with the Airbus A-321 aircraft was lost, he added.
A statement carried by Egypt's state-run Mena agency said that flight 9268 took off from Sinai's Sharm Al Shaikh, a popular destination for Russian tourists, at 5.51am local time and disappeared from radar screens 23 minutes after takeoff.
The plane was bound for St. Petersburg's Pulkovo in Russia. The plane is operated by the Russian airline Kogalymavia based in West Siberia.
The sources said the passenger plane was mainly carrying Russian tourists and that a search was underway.
Source: Gulf News