MetroJet (Kogalymavia dba) (Moscow-Domodedovo) Airbus A321-231 EI-ETJ (msn 663) while operating flight KGL 9268 from Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt to St. Petersburg, Russia with 217 passengers and seven crew members was climbing after departing Sharm el Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt on October 31, 2015. The crew told ATC they had technical problems. The flight was reported to be at 31,000 feet when it disappeared from the radar screens after 23 minutes of flight. The scattered wreckage was located by military forces in the mountains of the Sinai near Al Arish on the Mediterranean Sea. There are now reports of bodies being recovered. The Russian Embassy in Cairo is now reporting all on board have died in the tragic crash.
The airframe was originally delivered to MEA as F-OHMP on May 27, 1997 and has served with Onur Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Kolavia.
TUI travel is the parent organization of Arkefly, Corsair, Jet4you, Jetairfly, Thomson Airways, TUIfly, TUIfly Nordic and the pictured new associated TUI Russia.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. TUI Russia (Moscow-Domodedovo) is a new joint venture of TUI AG (Hannover) and Russian investment company S-Group Capital Management, created on April 15, 2009. Kolavia (Surgut) is operatating three Airbus A321s under the TUI brand and the MetroJet (Russia) name. Operations commenced on July 3, 2012 from Moscow (Domodedovo) to Egypt (Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh), Spain (Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza), Croatia (Pula), Montenegro, Bulgaria (Varna, Bourgas), Greece (Heraklion, Rhodes) and Turkey (Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman). A321-231 EI-ETJ is pictured arriving at Antalya using the colors of the Russian flag.
Kolavia (Surgut) Tupolev Tu-154B-2 RA-85588 (msn 83A588) while operating flight 7K 348 yesterday (January 1) from Surgut to Moscow (Domodedovo) with 117 passengers and 18 crew according to CNN, was preparing for its takeoff from Surgut when the right engine caught fire on the taxiway. The crew could not extinguish the fire and it spread quickly into the fuselage. The passengers escaped via the exit doors. The airliner was burned out. According to this report by CNN, four people were killed and 43 were injured (four critically).
Kolavia operates domestic services in Russia. Operations started in May 1993. Its main bases are Kogalym Airport and Surgut Airport with a hub at Moscow (Domodedovo).
Surgut, Russia, is located on the Ob River near its junction with the Irtysh River, the largest in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug and second largest city in Tyumen Oblast.
Surgut is one of the oldest Siberian cities. It was founded in 1594 by order of Tsar Feodor I.
The name of the city, according to one tradition, originates from the Khanty words “sur” (fish) and “gut” (hole or pit).