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Russian transport, emergencies ministers head to A-321 crash scene

November 01, 2015, 9:43 updated at: November 01, 2015, 11:26 UTC+3
They are flying to Sinai on board a helicopter, Tass reports from Egypt, saying they are expected to arrive in about an hour-and-a-half
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CAIRO, November 1./TASS/. Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov and the head of Rosaviatsia Federal Air Transport Agency, Alexander Neradko, are heading to the site where an Airbus A-321 of Kogalymavia crashed on Saturday.

They are flying to Sinai on board a helicopter, Tass reports from Egypt, saying they are expected to arrive in about an hour-and-a-half.

Earlier, a team of more than 80 Russian rescuers with all necessary hardware and equipment also headed to the crash scene.

Kogalymavia Flight 9268 came down about half-an-hour after leaving the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for the Russian city of St. Petersburg, 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. There were no survivors, the Egyptian authorities said. Most of the passengers were Russians. There were also four Ukrainians and a citizen of Belarus on board the ill-fated plane.

November 1 was declared a day of mourning across Russia.

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