Russian plane victims: ‘It’s a horror … to lose so many children’ – CNN
At least 25 children are among the dead, including 10-month-old Darina Gromova, whose mother took a photo of her at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg waiting for their flight to Egypt. The child is standing, her hands pressed against the glass, looking out at the planes on the tarmac.
The manifest shows many people with the same last name, revealing many families were aboard.
Anton Bogdanova, who had just turned 10 on October 28, was on the flight with two relatives; one of them was Anastasia Bogdanova, 22.
Alina Gaymadak, 27, posted pictures of her travels in Egypt and Israel on a social media account.
Mourners left flowers and stuffed animals and kept candles burning at makeshift memorials in St. Petersburg.
A father, Vladimir, holding his toddler, Alexander, stopped for a moment to speak with CNN near one of the memorials. “It’s a horror, it’s a tragedy, to lose so many children,” he said. “But we can never feel the pain of their families.”
Olga, a 7-year-old, held her doll and stared at the memorial. “I just wanted those children to be remembered,” she said, placing her favorite toy, a blue stuffed puppy, on the mound of other toys.
There were 217 passengers and seven crew members on Kogalymavia Flight 9268. Of the passengers, 209 were Russian, four were Ukrainian and one was Belarusian. The citizenships of three other passengers are unknown.
Russian media reported that the tragedy created a large number of orphans in Russia because many parents left their children behind to go to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, a popular holiday spot.
Children’s toys could be seen in piles of luggage in the middle of the Sinai desert, UK newspaper The Telegraph reported.
Relatives of passengers continue to post online, trying to grapple with their grief.
Olesya Kosorukova’s mother, Natalia Rostenko, was on the flight, according to Kosorukova’s social media posts, state-run Russian news agency Sputnik reported.
“Mother, come back,” she wrote. “I will always be waiting for you.”