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No Survivors After Russian Plane Crashes In Egypt

Officials say most of the 217 passengers on the plane were tourists departing from an Egyptian resort.

By Jake Godin, Ben Lawson | October 31, 2015

A Russian airliner has crashed in central Sinai, Egypt. Two hundred twenty four people were on board, most of whom were Russian. 

Officials say there are no survivors from the crash. About 100 bodies have been recovered so far. 

The plane was operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia. It was discovered in two pieces: one had crashed into a large rock and a smaller tail section had caught on fire. 

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The cause of the crash is still unknown, but the plane‚Äôs black box was discovered at the crash site. 

An ISIS affiliate based in the Sinai released a statement in multiple languages claiming responsibility, though they aren't known to have any weapons capable of shooting down an airplane flying at high altitudes. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered an official investigation into the crash and a criminal case has been opened against the airline.

Putin has also declared Nov. 1 as a national day of mourning for the victims and their families. 

This video includes images from Aktug Ates and Getty Images and music by Chris Zabriske / CC BY 4.0.

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