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Russian rescuers search area of 40 square kilometers at the A321 crash site

November 06, 2015, 8:51 UTC+3
They have found private belongings and documents of passengers
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© Dmitry Tarasov/TASS

MOSCOW, November 6. /TASS/. Russian rescuers have searched the area of 40 square kilometers at the A321 crash site in Egypt, the Emergencies Ministry reported on Friday.

"The search mission in the crash area continued," the ministry said. "The rescuers have found private belongings and documents of passengers."

Previously, the search area was expanded from 30 square kilometers.

The search mission and investigation activities continue on Friday.

Russian Kogalymavia’s A321 plane, en-route from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed in the early morning of October 31 just some 20 minutes after its takeoff. The disaster site is 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the administrative center of North Sinai Governorate, the city of Al-Arish.

Flight 9268 carried 217 passengers and seven crewmembers and they were all officially announced dead following the tragic accident. Most passengers were Russian nationals. Among the passengers onboard were also four Ukrainian citizens and one Belarusian national.

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