Russian airliner crash due to ‘external activity’
Top officials at the Russian airline Metrojet, whose plane crashed in Sinai on Saturday killing all 224 passengers, revealed Monday that the crash was not due to a technical fault but rather an external source.
Alexander Smirnov, deputy general director of Metrojet, said the cause of the Airbus A320-200 crash “could only have been a mechanical impact on the plane” while it was in the air.
That assessment was confirmed by Metrojet director general Alexander Snagovsky, who said “the only reasonable explanation is that it was (due to) external activity.”
The Islamic State (ISIS) affiliated Sinai Province claimed responsibility for the crash on Saturday, saying it had downed the plane.
Egyptian aviation authorities argued the plane disappeared off the radar at 9,450m (31,000ft) – well beyond the range of shoulder-launched surface-to-air MANPAD missiles ISIS in Sinai is known to posses.
However, the possibility that ISIS planted a
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