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Updated: Saturday, October 31, 2015, 5:48 AM
A file photo taken earlier this month shows an Airbus 321 plane from the Russian airline Metrojet, the company reported to be operating the aircraft that has lost contact with the authorities.
A Russian airliner with 217 passengers and 7 crew members crashed in the central region of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula early Saturday.
The Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation lost contact with the plane 23 minutes after its 5:51 a.m. takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh, a nearby Red Sea tourist destination, according to officials cited by Egypt’s state-run news service.
Metrojet Flight 7K9268 to St. Petersburg in Russia vanished from radar screens and the office of Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif Ismail confirmed the Airbus A-321 went to the ground, BBC News reported.
There was no immediate word on deaths or injuries among the passengers, who are reportedly mostly Russian tourists. At least 20 ambulances rushed to the site of the crash, according to reports in the Egyptian media.
Tourists swim at the Gafy Resort in Sharm el-Sheikh, a Red Sea tourist town where a Russian airliner took off and abruptly lost contact early Saturday.
Russian Embassy officials are working to clarify the incident, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on her Facebook page.
This is a developing story.
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With NEWS WIRE REPORTS