Zuma sends condolences to Russia after plane crash

2015-11-02 16:35
(Khaled Desouki, AFP)

(Khaled Desouki, AFP)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma sent a message of condolence to Russia on Monday after 224 people were killed when an Airbus A231 crashed over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt over the weekend.

"We extend our profound condolences to His Excellency President Vladimir Putin, the government and the people of the Russian Federation," Zuma said in a statement.

"We stand with the Russian people and particularly with the families of the victims and their loved ones during this time of mourning."

According to AFP, a Kogalymavia, a Russian airline, flight crashed on Saturday en route from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg.

All 224 people on board were killed, most of them Russian tourists.

A plane, carrying the remains of 140 of the victims, arrived in Russia early on Monday morning, AFP reported.

A second plane was expected to leave Egypt on Monday evening.

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