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Russia: Search expanded for victims of 7K9268 crash - EMERCOM officials02:31

Russia: Search expanded for victims of 7K9268 crash - EMERCOM officials

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 2, 2015 at 22:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Representatives of Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) held a briefing in Moscow, Monday, to discuss the investigation into the Airbus A-321 airliner crash in Sinai following Saturday’s tragedy.

“Currently EMERCOM's work is complicated due to the difficult terrain at the [crash] site,” said Alexei Smirnov, the Acting head of the National Centre for Crisis Management of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. Smirnov stated that the search process was about to enter the “third stage,” which entailed expanding the "search area up to 30 square kilometres [11.60 square miles]."

Following his colleague, Alexander Romanov, the Director of International Activities of EMERCOM, stated that “cooperation with the representatives of the embassies of Ukraine and Belarus is organised at the identification site, as well as with the relatives of the five foreign citizens who died as a result of the disaster.”

The Russian-chartered Airbus-321 came down 23 minutes into its flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg in the early hours of Saturday morning. A total of 224 people including 17 children lost their lives when the aircraft suddenly lost altitude and crashed in the North Sinai Governorate.

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Representatives of Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) held a briefing in Moscow, Monday, to discuss the investigation into the Airbus A-321 airliner crash in Sinai following Saturday’s tragedy.

“Currently EMERCOM's work is complicated due to the difficult terrain at the [crash] site,” said Alexei Smirnov, the Acting head of the National Centre for Crisis Management of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. Smirnov stated that the search process was about to enter the “third stage,” which entailed expanding the "search area up to 30 square kilometres [11.60 square miles]."

Following his colleague, Alexander Romanov, the Director of International Activities of EMERCOM, stated that “cooperation with the representatives of the embassies of Ukraine and Belarus is organised at the identification site, as well as with the relatives of the five foreign citizens who died as a result of the disaster.”

The Russian-chartered Airbus-321 came down 23 minutes into its flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg in the early hours of Saturday morning. A total of 224 people including 17 children lost their lives when the aircraft suddenly lost altitude and crashed in the North Sinai Governorate.

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