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St Petersburg’s official says 27 children were aboard Russian crashed jet

October 31, 2015, 21:00 UTC+3 ST. PETERSBURG

There were 217 passengers and seven crew members on board

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ST. PETERSBURG, October 31. /TASS/. At least 27 children were aboard the passenger plane en route from Sharm El Sheikh to Russia’s city of St. Petersburg that crashed in Egypt on Saturday morning, according to verified information, St. Petersburg’s city government official told reporters.

"I have information that 27 children were on the plane," Aleksandr Pzhanenkov said adding the city would assist in transporting bodies to home regions.

"It may be a bit difficult with Ukraine but we hope for constructive cooperation," he said.

On Saturday morning, Kogalymavia airline’s Flight 9268 carrying Russian tourists home on board Airbus A321 crashed just 30 minutes after taking off. The plane debris was spotted in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, some 100 kilometres of the city of Arish.

There were 217 passengers and seven crew members on board. Latest reports said that there were 214 Russian nationals, three Ukrainians and one Belarusian citizen. According to Egypt’s officials, no-one survived.

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