Saturday, October 31, 2015

Russian plane crash: ISIS group claims credit for disaster - but Egypt blames technical problems

Claim: An ISIS group has said it shot down the Russian plane, despite early indications it was a technical problem that caused the disaster
An affiliate of terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Russian plane disaster, despite officials blaming technical problems.
The claim of responsibility for the crash that killed all 224 people on board was also carried by the Aamaq website, which acts as a semi-official news agency for Islamic State.
“The fighters of the Islamic State were able to down a Russian plane over Sinai province that was carrying over 220 Russian crusaders.
“They were all killed, thanks be to god,” the statement circulated on Twitter said.

Kolavia Airbus
Disaster: The plane crashed this morning killing all 224 people on board, including 17 children
The ISIS version of events contradicts Egyptian security sources, who have said early investigations suggest the plane crashed due to a technical fault.
The Russian passenger plane crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula this morning after losing radar contact and plummeting from its cruising altitude, killing everyone aboard.
Getty ImagesRelatives of victims of Metrojet's Airbus A-321 plane with registration number EI-ETJ that crashed in Egypt
Loss: Relatives of victims of Metrojet's Airbus A-321 plane that crashed in Egypt
The Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia under the brand name Metrojet, was flying from the Sinai Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia when it went down in a desolate mountainous area of central Sinai soon after daybreak, the aviation ministry said.
A north Sinai security source said initial examination showed the crash was due to a technical fault, but gave no detail.
Getty ImagesRelatives of victims of Metrojet's Airbus A-321 plane with registration number EI-ETJ that crashed in Egypt
Grief: Family members had been waiting for their loved ones at St Petersburg airport in Russia
The plane, he said, had landed in a "vertical fashion", explaining the scale of devastation and burning.
The Russian Embassy in Cairo said it had been told by Egyptian officials the pilot had been trying to make an emergency landing at El-Arish.
Crash: This map shows the area of the Sinai peninsula where the wreckage has been found
"I now see a tragic scene," an Egyptian security officer at the site said. "A lot of dead on the ground and many who died whilst strapped to their seats.
"The plane split into two, a small part on the tail end that burned and a larger part that crashed into a rock. We have extracted at least 100 bodies and the rest are still inside."
Sinai is the scene of an insurgency by militants close to Islamic State, who have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police and have also attacked Western targets in recent months.
Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, launched air raids against opposition groups in Syria including Islamic State on September 30.
Security sources said there was no indication the Airbus had been shot down or blown up.