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Saturday, October 31, 2015
Russian plane crash: Heartbreaking final picture 'shows father and daughter getting on doomed jet' at end of holiday
A smiling man holds a sleepy toddler on the steps of a plane at the end of a holiday in sun-kissed Sharm el-Sheik in this poignant final picture.
They are believed to be victims of the horror crash that today killed 224 people, mainly Russian holidaymakers.
The harrowing picture reportedly shows tragic 38-year-old Iurii Shein and his daughter Anastasiia Sheina, aged just three.
It was posted on the VKontake - a Russian social media website similar to Facebook - account of Olga Sheina, 30, who is named as another victim on the plane’s passenger manifest.
According Mashable, she wrote: “Hi Peter (St Petersburg), goodbye Egypt. We’re going home.”
A second picture of the pair shows them on a beach alongside two children with the Russian word for ‘Egypt’ and ‘2015’ written in the sand.
Another picture is believed to show the youngest victim of the crash, 10-month-old Darina Gromova.
The toddler is seen at an airport, tiny hands placed on the glass as she gazes out over planes on the tarmac. A total of 17 of the victims are children.
The child's parents - Aleksei Gromov and his wife Tatiana - were also on the manifest. The pair were pictured beaming and cradling Tatiana's baby bump.
The Russian airliner carrying 224 passengers crashed into a mountainous area of Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Saturday shortly after losing radar contact near cruising altitude, killing all aboard.
A militant group affiliated to Islamic State in Egypt, Sinai Province, said in a statement it had brought down the plane "in response to Russian airstrikes that killed hundreds of Muslims on Syrian land", but Russia's Transport Minister told Interfax news agency the claim "can't be considered accurate".
The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, was flying from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it went down in central Sinai soon after daybreak, the aviation ministry said.