There have been reports that voices were heard coming from part of the wreckage on the ground but the majority of media reports now say that all lives were lost.
The plane was travelling to St Petersburg, Russia, from the beach and sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, a popular tourist destination with Europeans as well as Russians.
Authorities in Russia have launched an investigation. The Guardian reports Saturday;
The plane, an Airbus A-321, was early into its flight when disaster struck.
There are reports that many bodies have been recovered, some still sitting in their seats with safety belts on. The black box has also been recovered.
Russia will hold a day of mourning Sunday and Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered an official investigation into the crash, and for rescue teams to be sent to the crash site.
Loved ones waiting at Pulkovo airport were told of the crash. They are now gathering at a hotel at the airport and as one said she 'has hope'.
Although President Putin and others have refuted claims that Islamic State downed the plane some flight operators are for now at least avoiding flying the same flight path.
More to follow as available
Up for watering down are the Hunting Act, Trade Union Rights and the Human Rights Act; add to that Social Security which was ravaged in the emergency budget last week and it does not take a genius to work out Cameron's plans for the next five years.
In 2013, mainly with the help of Labour leader Ed Miliband, parliament scuppered Cameron's plans to join the US launching air strikes into Syria.
It was a popular decision as the British people have neither the stomach, nor if austerity is the name of the game, the funds for another war.
Not so very long ago the west was calling rebels in Syria the real government of that country. The west was keen to help these rebels come terrorists come revolutionaries to overthrown the Assad government.
Then the antagonists fractured into groups, some taking a wealth of weapons supplied by the west, and turned on all and sundry.
Syria continues to struggle along as a broken country with no peace in sight.
Since the 2013 'No vote' in British parliament we have all watched with horror footage of beheadings, atrocities against gays and non-Muslims and experienced a wave of terror attacks in the Middle East and at home.
Will bombing raids by the west in Syria help the people of Syria? How many civilians will be caught up in such bombing missions? Will such raids defeat Islamic State or make new terrorists happy to take part and achieve 'martyrdom'?
The west at time of writing refuses to liaise with President Assad of Syria and help remove IS terrorists from that country or elsewhere.
If we are truly committed to stopping Islamic State we would surely be prepared to join forces with the Syrian leader and his forces.
But from day one we have had our own agenda in Syria which includes ousting President Assad.
David Cameron would do well to talk to the British people and parliament before he lets his mouth run off in an interview with NBC.
As Cameron's NBC interview was reported in the UK Lord Richards, former chief of defence staff was appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show and he called for a new "grand strategy" to defeat IS, saying the UK should get on a "war footing".
BBC News reports "Mr Cameron is due to use a speech on Monday to warn young Britons tempted to join IS fighters they will end up as little more than "cannon fodder". "If you are a boy, they will brainwash you, strap bombs to your body and blow you up. If you are a girl, they will enslave and abuse you," he will say."
The west helped open a Pandora's Box in the Middle East; there is no going back but do we really want another war?
Footnote: If the US and its allies were hoping the nuclear deal this week would bring that country onside in the fight against Islamic State they were wrong-France 24 reports "Nuclear deal will not alter Iran's policy toward ‘arrogant’ US, says Khamenei."
In Libya the murder of Gaddafi and removal of his regime has not brought widespread peace. Instead it has resulted in open borders allowing terrorists to travel freely and spread their venom elsewhere.
Will bombing 'targets' in Syria help resolve the situation? Is it a step in the right direction or regressive?
If we look back even further the USA had a poor track record in Afghanistan. It was so keen to strike ate Russia, the Soviet Union of the day, that it actively supported the Mujahedeen in that country; a band of rebels that morphed into the Taliban.
Having fought two long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq what has been achieved in real terms except for removing leaders and regimes we once supported?
Attacks against IS targets in Iraq are one thing; that country agreed to that move.
But if we simply begin a bombing campaign in Syria without approval from the country's leader President Assad we lose all credibility.
The west tends to twist and turn the rules to suit claiming special circumstances but we set dangerous precedents.
It is obvious Ms Harman is being invited to Tuesday's meeting ahead of a potential vote on air strikes in Syria or a government decision to do just that.
In 2013 UK PM David Cameron lost a crucial vote on air strikes in Syria. 30 Tory rebels voted with Labour whilst another 31 Conservatives failed to vote. At the eleventh hour Labour leader Ed Miliband pulled the plug on strikes against Syria and it was a popular decision.
Over in the USA President Obama President Obama committed to Syria strikes bit Congress was left with the final say.
The Middle East peace envoy at that time, former UK PM Tony Blair, did not agree. A year later Blair's view was 'Don’t rule out boots on ground in Syria.'
But there was no stomach for another war, either a piecemeal affair or full-scale.
Since then we have viewed harrowing images, read terrible news and in some cases experienced the horror of this new band of terrorists.
Is the time right to extend air-strikes and can they achieve a positive outcome?
Guardian June 2015 - Fallon's Commons speech on case for extending air strikes against Isis to Syria
He is married with kids and there are reports of arrests including his wife.
The dead victim was a 50-year-old man. He was later named as the terorist's boss Herve Cornara who was the manager of the delivery company where Yassin Salhi worked.
French President Francois Hollande was at an EU summit Friday with the main issues on the agenda the Greek debt crisis and the ever increasing numbers of migrants risking life and limb to get to Europe.
Hollande left the summit early and headed back to France this afternoon. He was expected to address the French people in a broadcast.
France has suffered a series of recent terror attacks, some anti-Semitic, this year notably it was the Charlie Hebdo offices in January where 17 people were killed.
Events unfolded around 10:00 local time (08:00 GMT) when two men reportedly drove into the factory carrying what has been described as an Islamic State flag.
Until President Hollande is back in France interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is fulfilling his role in relation to this terror attack and he was on his way to the scene lunchtime Friday.
The gruesome details of the attack are gradually being revealed with Sky News claiming 'Arabic Writing On Severed Head'. "The severed head had Arabic writing scrawled across it and was found on a fence next to two jihadi banners, a French official said." The head was impaled on a fence with jihadi flags close by.
Saturday it was reported the killer allegedly had taken and sent a gruesome selfie; he "spiked the head on the gates of a gas factory in Grenoble and posed for the sick [selfie] photo before he was arrested."
A couple of hours later terrorists attacked a tourist beach in Sousse, Tunisia - Beach terror Tunisa as gunmen attack
Later Friday there are reports of a third terror attack this time in Kuwait.
The footage released shows the above killings and more.
A week earlier an IS 'training' video was posted by the Sunday People. "The slickly produced video shows child soldiers as young as 11 fighting in a cage and firing machine-guns" says the Daily Mirror in a report titled 'ISIS using child soldiers in slick and sick video to lure young British recruits'.
In March the Mail Online reported on a series of brutal ISIL killings involving caged prisoners and horrific deaths.
Who are ISIS or IS or ISIL?
ISIS is generally believed to have been al-Qaeda in Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) used to have a different name: al-Qaeda in Iraq. US troops and allied Sunni militias defeated al-Qaeda in Iraq during the 2007 "surge" — but didn't destroy it. Now they are active in other countries including civil-war torn Syria. Their numbers have also grown as some young westerners have travelled to join the terror group.