No survivors from Russian airliner crash

Wreckage from the airbus has been found in the Hasana area where bodies of the victims are being removed.

Relatives react at Pulkovo international airport outside Saint Petersburg after a Russian plane with 224 people on board crashed in a mountainous part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on 31 October, 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Egyptian officials say there are no survivors from the plane crash in central Sinai.

The Russian jet went down shortly after take-off from a Red Sea resort bound for the Russian city of St Petersburg with over 224 passengers and crew on board.

Wreckage from the airbus has been found in the Hasana area where bodies of the victims are being removed.

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has declared tomorrow a day of mourning.

Egyptian officials say 214 of the passengers were Russian and three Ukrainian.

Putin has spoken on the phone with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to discuss the crash of a Russian airliner in Egypt, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Al-Sisi offered deep condolences and promised to create conditions for the widest possible participation of Russian specialists in the investigation into the cause of the crash, the Kremlin said.

RUSSIAN INVESTIGATORS CHECKING FUEL USED BY CRASHED AIRLINER

Russia's Investigative Committee said on Saturday it was checking fuel samples from the last refuelling stop, in the Russian city of Samara, of an airliner that crashed in Egypt, RIA news agency reported citing the committee's spokesman.

The spokesperson, Vladimir Markin, also said investigators are questioning people who were involved in preparing the aircraft and its crew, and carrying out searches at Moscow's Domodedovo airport where the airline that operated the plane is based.

Earlier in the day the committee said it had opened a criminal case against the airline.