CAIRO: A Russian airliner crashed on Saturday in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula, the office of the prime minister said in a statement.
A “Russian civilian plane… crashed in the central Sinai,” the office of Prime Minister Sharif Ismail said in a statement.
A senior aviation official said it was a charter flight operated by a Russian company and had on board 217 passengers and seven crew members. Communication with the aircraft was lost, he added.
It is unclear what caused the crash.
Recently, A helicopter with 23 people on board crashed on Tuesday near the Libyan capital but the cause was unclear, according to security officials.