Russian Emergency Situations Ministry plane, with 140 bodies of the passengers of Airbus 321, arrived in Pulkovo airport of St. Petersburg. The relatives of the victims have already recognized several bodies.
Moreover, today at the crash site Russian investigators have found new bodies in the central portion of the fuselage. The second airplane with the bodies is expected to arrive in St Petersburg in the evening.
Russian investigators also said that they have already started examining the black boxes, but it would take time.
It should be recalled that in the morning of Saturday October 31, the Airbus 321 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, 23 minutes later the plane disappeared from the radar, and half an hour later it went down in the mountainous area of central Sinai, killing 217 passengers and 7 crew members.
Yesterday, Russian investigators said that they found no traces of explosives on the fragments of the plane. But the debris, scattered on a very large area, indicated that the liner could break up in the air at high altitudes.
Earlier the militants of an Egyptian group affiliated with Islamic State claimed that they downed a Russian flight “in response to Russian air strikes that killed hundreds of Muslims on Syrian land”, but Russia’s Transport Minister told Interfax news agency the claim “can’t be considered accurate”.