Egyptian search and rescue team members have found more than 100 bodies, including those of five children, in the wreckage of a Russian plane that crashed in the country’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday, an officer on the scene told Reuters on Saturday.
“I now see a tragic scene. A lot of dead on the ground and many died whilst strapped to their seats,” the officer, who requested anonymity, said.
“The plane split into two, a small part on the tail end that burned and a larger part that crashed into a rock. We have extracted at least 100 bodies and the rest are still inside.”
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin expresses his deepest condolences to the families of victims of the crash of a Russian airliner in Egypt, Russian news agencies reported on Saturday citing the Kremlin press service.
Putin also ordered government ministries to offer immediate assistance to relatives of those killed.
Egyptian PM headed to scene of accident
Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail is heading to the crash site of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai with several cabinet ministers on a private jet, the tourism ministry said on Saturday.
“The investigation has not started yet… a technical team will move there to start it and there is coordination with the Russian ambassador over the accident and the efforts of the government,” Ismail told journalists.