First bodies of Russian victims in Egypt crash brought home

Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations cargo plane carries the bodies of the victims lands at Pulkovo airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, Pool)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia has started bringing home the bodies of the victims from the passenger plane crash in Egypt.

A government plane brought bodies of 144 passengers to St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport early on Monday morning.

The Metrojet Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning, 23 minutes after taking off from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, an overwhelming majority of passengers were Russian.

Russian news agencies say the government will be dispatching a second plane to bring back more remains later on Monday.

Monday has been declared a nationwide day of morning in Russia.

 

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