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An Il-76 plane of the Russian emergencies ministry which is to evacuate Russians injured in Monday's deadly bus crash in Egypt, landed Wednesday in the airport of the Egyptian resort city of Sharm-El-Sheikh.

A tourist bus with more than 20 passengers overturned late on Monday some 15 km (nine miles) from the Egyptian city of Dahab. The Russian Embassy in Cairo said six Russians and a Ukrainian woman were killed.

A total of 17 people were injured: 12 Russians, two Egyptians, and nationals of Ukraine, Latvia and Estonia.

The injured have been sent to an international hospital in Sharm-El-Sheikh, and three Russians have already been discharged. Three women are currently in intensive care, one of them had slipped into coma. Two Russians have been diagnosed with spinal fractures and are being examined by Russian doctors.

Road accidents are frequent in Egypt largely due to reckless driving and poor roads. According to the Egyptian Interior Ministry, about 27,000 road accidents occur in the North African country every year, killing over 6,000 people and injuring another 30,000. This year 17 Russian tourists have been killed in three major road accidents in the country.

According to data provided by Russian travel agencies, Russian tourists are most commonly killed and injured in fatal road accidents in Ukraine, Turkey and Egypt.

Last week at least 24 Russian tourists were killed and 25 injured in a fatal road accident in Israel after a bus plunged 80 meters (263 feet) down a ravine near the Red Sea resort city of Eilat.


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