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Egyptian Charter Jet Crashes Into Red Sea

A charter airliner with 141 people aboard — mostly French tourists — crashed into the Red Sea shortly after takeoff Saturday from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, officials said. No survivors were reported. The Boeing 737 jet took off shortly before 5 a.m. (10 p.m. EST Friday) and quickly disappeared from radar about seven miles south of the airport, airport officials said, according to customary condition of anonymity. The plane, which was headed to Cairo for a crew change before continuing to Paris, made no distress call, the officials said. The crash occurred amid a week of heightened concerns about terrorist threats from the air that have led to increased security and canceled flights around the world. But an initial statement from the Aviation Ministry ruled out terrorism, calling the crash an “accident” that may have been caused by a mechanical problem. The ministry said no one was believed to have survived. Full Story

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