First bodies of Russian victims in Egypt crash brought home

Russia on Monday started bringing home the bodies of victims from the weekend’s passenger plane crash in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula as Russians nationwide observed a day of mourning amid a massive outpouring of grief. The Metrojet Airbus A321-200 crashed on Saturday shortly after takeoff from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg, breaking up at high altitude and scattering fragments of wreckage over a wide area in Sinai. All 224 people on board died; an overwhelming majority of passengers were Russian. A Russian government plane brought home bodies of 140 passengers, landing at St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport early on Monday. Russian news agencies say the government will be dispatching a second plane to bring back more remains later in the day.



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