A plane travelling from Egypt to Russia crashed this morning reportedly killing all people on board. The cause of the accident is not known yet. The plane reportedly went off the radar 22 minutes into the flight.
There were 224 guests on the Metrojet Flight 7K9268 from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to St. Petersburg, Russia, including 17 children. The plane was split in two.
Here’s what you need to know about the crash:
1. There Are No Survivors of the Crash
Egyptian officials said all 224 people on board, including 217 passengers, 17 of them children aged between 2 and 17 were killed. Most were tourists and there were seven crew on board, according to BBC.
There were initial reports of hearing voices in the rubble of the plane that was split in two, but victims could not be identified, according to the Guardian.
An official said, “I now see a tragic scene. A lot of dead on the ground and many died whilst strapped to their seats.”
2. Officials Do Not Think The Plane Crashed Due to Human Error
According to Breaking News, the Russian airline Kogalymavia (also known as KolAvia) says they see no grounds to blame human error for the plane crash.
The plane requested an emergency landing and there are reports of some crew members noting a problem with one of the engines. The Egyptian civil aviation ministry said the plane was at an altitude of 31,000 feet when it disappeared off the radar right after it reportedly began descending at a rate of 6,000 feet per minute, according to the New York Times and reports from the FlightRadar 24 website.
3. A State of Emergency Has Been Called and an Investigation Has Been Launched
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia to open an investigation into the crash. The Northern Sinai medical department declared a state of emergency and the Prime Minister’s office reports that 50 ambulances have been dispatched to the area, which is mountainous. Also, the Russian emergency ministry said they will send five planes to the area to help with possible rescues and the investigation, according to CNN.
An ISIS group claims they shot down the plane, according to AFP.
However, some reports say this is not the case.
4. Friends and Relatives of the Victims Are Gathering to Grieve
At a nearby hotel and in the St. Petersburgs Pulkovo airport, relatives of those on the plane are gathering to grieve, according to the Associated Press.
Russia has opened a hotline for relatives and family members to call, according to CNN.
5. Putin Declared an Official Day of Mourning
Putin declares an official day of mourning for victims of the crash, according to CNN.
Many people are taking to Twitter to express their condolences for the victims of the crash and their loved ones using #7K9268.