Experts examining the wreckage say damage indicates explosion inside the aircraft forced shrapnet to punch its way out through the fuselage (Image source: The Independent)
The latest British and U.S. intelligence on the Russian airliner downed over Sinai suggests that the crash on 30 October, 2015 was probably caused by a bomb planed on the plane by an agent of ISIS or an ISIS affiliate.
No formal conclusion has been reached by the international intelligence community and the Russia government has been very restrained in its comments despite mounting evidence throughout the week that the crash was not due to a technical fault on the aircraft.
The move to express an opinion on the cause ahead of conclusive evidence may be a response to hysterical suggestions in certain US 'liberal' news networks loyal to the warmonger Barack Obama that Russian incompetence was responsible for the crash and that Putin and The Kremlin propagandists would use it to justify a ground invasion of Syria to sped the destruction of US sponsored Islamist forces trying to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria.
It is well known that the Obama administration has been trying to provoke Russia into acts of armed aggression against western interests for several years, in the hope of being handed an excuse to launche a full scale war against Assad.
While British media are trying to spin the 'bomb theory' as disastrous for Putin's image as a strongman leader, the Russian President cannot be held responsible for security lapses in Egypt. The British government's line can be understood however when we recall that the catastrophe and its aftermath have filled news in the week Egypt's President Sisi is vistiting the UK to discuss trade and political cooperation.
Russian Plane 'May Well Have Been Brought Down By An Explosive Device'
"There is a definite feeling it was an explosive device planted in luggage or somewhere on the plane," an official, who is familiar with the latest U.S. intelligence analysis of the crash, told CNN. Other U.S. officials also told CNN that the analysis is pointing toward the cause being a bomb.
Based on the same intelligence, the U.S. belief is that ISIS or an ISIS-affiliated group is responsible for the attack, the official said.
There are currently about 15,000 British nationals in Sharm El-Sheikh and as evidence of a terrorist outrage at the local airport they may have to be evacuated by military transport planes as the airspace over Sinai is declared unsafe by commercial airline operators.
Reuters is reporting that the cause of crash was an "explosion" on board the aircraft. A source close to the Egyptian Civil Aviation regulator has said investigation of the black boxes suggests the cause of the crash is looking more like an explosion, but as yet it is unclear if it was caused by fuel or a bomb.
They also said that investigators are studying sand from the plane crash site for signs of a bomb attack
Additionally, a Egtyptian judiciary source in the investigation team told Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Alyoum,, that "the cause of the crash is an explosion at the engine. The reason of the explosion will be determined on the examination of the crash site and the test of the bodies."
He added that at the present stage investigation did indicate any terrorist involvement but it cannot be ruled out.
Flights to Sharm El-Sheikh cancelled by most European airlines which suggests their experts think the flight having been brought down by "explosive device" is a leading possibility.
A British government spokeswoman said: "While the investigation is still ongoing we cannot say categorically why the Russian jet crashed. But as more information has come to light we have become concerned that the plane may well have been brought down by an explosive device.
"In light of this, and as a precautionary measure, we have decided that flights due to leave Sharm for the UK this evening will be cancelled.
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