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Russia reaches 144 plane with bodies of dead tourists in plane crash

A Russian plane with 144 bodies of the 224 killed in the plane crash occurred on Saturday in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula early Monday arrived at Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg, Tass reported.

The Emergencies Ministry plane transported the bodies of the people aboard a passenger plane A321 of the Russian Kogalymavia that was destroyed in the air on October 31 about 30 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh, according to Russian authorities .

The procedure to identify the bodies begin Monday in St. Petersburg, Russia northwestern city, the agency said.

The plane was carrying 217 passengers and seven crew. Four tourists were Ukrainians and one Belarussian. There were 25 children.

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a day of mourning for Monday by the worst air disaster in Russian history.

Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Stepanov, said Sunday "in St. Petersburg bodies will be taken to a crematorium where will take place the identification" of the corpses, according to Tass.

In this Russian city await relatives of plane crash victims.

The authorities announced that psychologists and medical emergency and work with the families of the crash victims.

The deputy governor of St. Petersburg, Igor Albin told the same agency that more than 200 DNA samples taken from relatives of the victims.

Before delivering the bodies to the Russian diplomats in Egypt, local practice Justice ordered an external examination of the bodies, DNA analysis of bodies and wreckage and to be photographed and list the bodies, the agency MENA.

Of the 224 deaths, Egyptian authorities announced that so far 187 corpses have been found, they were transferred to Cairo and spread between five public hospitals and the morgue Zenhum before most was repatriated.

The Russian and Egyptian executives argue that the most likely cause of the crash is a technical fault and deny the possibility that the tragedy has been the result of a terrorist attack.

However, the jihadist group Sina Wilayat (province of Sinai), subsidiary of the Egyptian extremist organization Islamic State (EI), claimed responsibility for the fall of the Airbus-321, in a video, whose authenticity could not be confirmed. 

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