SA sends condolences on Russian plane crash

Pretoria - South Africa has extended its condolences over the death of 224 people in a Russian plane crash, in Egypt, over the weekend.

An Airbus A-321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, crashed with no survivors in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning. The plane had just taken off from Egypt's Red Sea resort Sharm el-Sheikh. It was carrying 217 passengers, mostly Russians, and seven crew members.

President Jacob Zuma on Monday conveyed a message of condolence to the families and friends of all the victims as well as the Russian government.

“We stand with the Russian people and particularly with the families of the victims and their loved ones during this time of mourning,” said President Zuma.

The plane's black box has been found and 129 bodies have been recovered so far. – SAnews.gov.za-Xinhua