A Russian passenger plane carrying over 220 people has crashed in central Sinai, but security sources claim it is unlikely to have been shot down.
Air Kolavia flight 7K9268 took off from the popular Sharm el-Sheikh resort at 5.51am and was heading to St Petersburg, but it went off-radar 23 minutes later.
Most of the passengers are believed to be Russian tourists. Latest reports say it was carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members.
Egyptian security sources claim there are is no indication the plane was shot down.
Egyptian prime minister, Sherif Ismail, confirmed the crash and said a cabinet-level crisis committee has been put together to investigate the incident.
A search and rescue team has found the crashed plane in Southern Arish, Sinai.
A source in the Russian air traffic controller has said that the plane did not contact controllers in Larnaca.
And a source at Sharm el-Sheikh Airport told a Russian news agency that the pilot had requested a change of course, saying the jet would need to land in Cairo.