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CAIRO, November 2. /TASS/. The second aircraft of the Russian Emergencies Ministry carrying the remains of those who died in the Airbus A321 crash will depart from Cairo to St.Petersburg on Monday evening, Director of the Emergencies Ministry’s Department of Aviation and Rescue Technologies Vladimir Svetelsky told reporters.
"At 20:00 local time (21:00 Moscow Time) the second plane with the remains of the victims will depart from Cairo," he said.
The first aircraft carrying the bodies of people killed in the air crash of a flight bound from Egypt to Russia landed in St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport at 05:52 Moscow Time.
According to the city’s Deputy Governor Igor Albin, a total of 140 bodies of the victims have been brought to St. Petersburg.
The procedure to identify the bodies will start Monday morning in the northwestern Russian city. Also on Monday, Russia’s insurance company Ingosstrakh will begin to accept applications from relatives of the victims. According to St.Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko, all documents on compensations to relatives of the victims will be signed on Monday, regardless of region of residence, including for foreign nationals.
An A321 passenger jet of Russia’s Kogalymavia air carrier (flight 9268) bound to St. Petersburg crashed on October 31 some 30 minutes after the takeoff from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh.
It fell down 100 kilometers south of the administrative center of North Sinai Governorate, the city of Al-Arish. The plane was carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members. There were four Ukrainian and one Belarusian nationals among the passengers. None of them survived.