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Russian Emergency Ministry on alert mode, Moscow suspends Egypt flights

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Published         8 Nov , 2015      12:55 am          183 views.

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The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Moscow unit is currently on a high alert mode amid Moscow’s suspension of flights to and from Egypt, the ministry’s press service said Saturday.

The ministry has also organized the 24-hour work of the task group in 28 Russian airports, from which flights to Egypt were scheduled.

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed with Federal Security Service head Alexander Bortnikov’s recommendation to suspend passenger flights to Egypt while the inquiry into the A321 crash in Sinai is ongoing.

The Russian Airbus A321 crashed en route from Egypt’s resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg on October 31. All 224 people on board were killed in what has become the biggest tragedy in Russian and Soviet civil aviation history.

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“Round the clock work of the operational groups of the main directorate of the Emergencies Ministry is organized across Russia in the 28 airports from which flights to the Arab Republic are scheduled,” the ministry’s statement said.

The Russian Airbus A321 crashed en route from Egypt’s resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg on October 31. All 224 people on board were killed in what has become the biggest tragedy in Russian and Soviet civil aviation history. (Sputnik)

Egyptian army takes control of Russian passengers repatriation

The Egyptian military has taken control of operations in the country’s airports to put Russian passengers on flights to take them home from Egypt, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Saturday following Moscow’s suspension of flights to and from Egypt.

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On October 31, the Russian A321 airliner crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula killing all 224 people on board in what has become the largest civil aviation disaster in Russian history.

On Friday, Russia suspended its flights to and from Egypt until the inquiry into the A321 crash in Sinai is over.

H/T- Sputnik

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