World

Russia starts bringing home remains of plane crash victims from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

  • Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations cargo plane carries the bodies of the victims lands at Pulkovo airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, Pool)

    Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations cargo plane carries the bodies of the victims lands at Pulkovo airport outside St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations employees carry hand-barrows preparing to load the bodies of the victims from the ministry's plane in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, Pool)

    Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations employees carry hand-barrows preparing to load the bodies of the victims from the ministry's plane in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations employees stand next to a truck preparing to load the bodies of the victims from the ministry's plane in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, pool)

    Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations employees stand next to a truck preparing to load the bodies of the victims from the ministry's plane in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Metrojet's Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning 23 minutes after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, the vast majority of them Russians. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, pool)  (The Associated Press)

Russia has started bringing home the bodies of the victims from the passenger plane crash in Egypt.

A government plane brought bodies of 144 passengers to St. Petersburg's Pulkovo airport early on Monday morning.

The Metrojet Airbus A321-200 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning, 23 minutes after taking off from the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh en route to St. Petersburg. All 224 people on board were killed, an overwhelming majority of passengers were Russian.

Russian news agencies say the government will be dispatching a second plane to bring back more remains later on Monday.

Monday has been declared a nationwide day of morning in Russia.