JUST IN: Russian Plane Crashes With 200 Passengers In ISIS Stronghold In Egypt's Sinai


A Russian civilian aircraft crashed after it went missing in Egypt's Sinai region on Saturday. There were said to be 217 passengers on board when Egypt's air traffic control lost contact with the aircraft, according to Sky News Arabia. 

Egyptian prime minister Sherif Ismail has confirmed that the Russian plane has crashed, according to AFP.  The Russian airline Kogalymavia flight was on its way to Russia after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh resort on the Red Sea. Most people on the plane were Russian tourists. 

Local media had reported that the plane has crashed, while other news agencies were reporting Egyptian officials saying that the plane has left Egyptian airspace safely. 

"The ... Russian airline had told us that the Russian plane we lost contact with is safe and that it has contacted Turkish air traffic control and is passing through Turkish skies now," Ayman al-Muqaddam, the head of Egypt's air traffic accident authority, was quoted saying by Reuters. 

Russian news agency RT.com has said that the plane has possibly crashed according to local reports. 

The Sinai Peninsula region in Egypt has been restive for the past several months, with ISIS presence reported in the area.

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