“The staff of the Russian Embassy in Egypt are clarifying the situation,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page. Her post said the missing plane belonged to the Kogalymavia airline, which is also known as Metrojet. A Russian passenger plane carrying 224 people has crashed in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula. “(A) Russian civilian plane … crashed in the central Sinai,” the office of Prime Minister Sharif Ismail said in a statement on Saturday. The chief of Egypt’s state Aviation Accidents Commission, Ayman al-Moqdam, said rescue forces had found debris from the Airbus 321. Egyptian officials said the plane was a charter flight operated by a Russian company, and was carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members. Egyptian military planes have spotted the plane’s wreckage.
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