Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Eqypt Terror Tourists Due Home Today

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Eqypt Terror Tourists Due Home Today

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Byline: Michael Marsh Content Editor michael.marsh@ncjmedia.co.uk

TOURISTS stranded in Egypt following the Russian plane disaster are due home on Tyneside today.

Around 3,000 returned to airports across England over the weekend, with the first scheduled flight due to land at Newcastle International Airport today. But thousands more are still stranded in Egypti after officials imposed strict security measures following the crash of a Russian passenger plane last Saturday in what is suspected to be a terrorist attack.

Some holidaymakers described chaotic scenes as they left the Red Sea city airport, with people trampled and hurt as they rushed for planes while swamped security staff carried out only cursory checks.

Crash investigators earlier revealed an unidenti-fied noise was picked up by the doomed aircraft's on-board recorders in the final seconds before it broke up suddenly in mid-flight over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Lead investigator Ayman el-Muqadem said they were looking at "all possible scenarios" as to the cause but confirmed the Airbus 321 was still gaining altitude as it disintegrated 23 minutes after take-off, killing all 224 people on board the Metrojet flight.

Militants of the Islamic State terror group in the Sinai Peninsula have claimed they downed the plane.

Five travel firms - Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, EASYJET and British Airways - brought 1,945 tourists back to the UK on nine flights on Saturday, landing at London Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol and Luton.

A further six flights were expected on Sunday, while British Airways will operate one on Monday. Around 1,500 holidaymakers were brought back on Friday.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: "With a limited number of flights able to leave Sharm el-Sheikh each day for the UK, it is likely that tour operators or airlines will advise some people to extend their stay at their resort. …

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