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Lufthansa, Air France stop flying over Sinai

Lufthansa and Air France said they would avoid flying over the Sinai peninsula until the cause of the crash can be clarified.
Lufthansa, Air France stop flying over Sinai

Lufthansa and Air France said they would avoid flying over the Sinai peninsula until the cause of the crash can be clarified. British Airways and easyJet said their routes were regularly reviewed, but that they had no plans to alter their routes to and from Sharm el-Sheikh, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to eturbonews.com

A Russian airliner Airbus A321, carrying out the flight 9268 from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg, with 217 passengers and 7 crew members on board, crashed 100 km south of Egypt’s El Arish, North Sinai provincial capital, about half an hour after departure.

On the morning of October 31, the Airbus A321 of Russian airline “Kogalymavia” took off 5:51 a.m. from the Sinai Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia, and half an hour later it went down in the mountainous area of central Sinai.

Egyptian security forces confirmed there have been no survivors.

The early investigations suggested the plane crashed due to a technical fault.

Sinai is the scene of an insurgency by militants close to Islamic State, who have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police and have also attacked Western targets in recent months.

Later on Saturday the militants of an Egyptian group affiliated with Islamic State claimed that they downed the Russian plane.

According to experts, the militants, operating in the region, including a group of radical ISIS jihadists do not have missiles to hit air targets at altitudes of more than 3-4 thousand meters. Russian airplane was flying on higher echelon of 10 thousand meters.