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The Egyptian branch of the organization Islamic State said on Twitter to be responsible for the crash of the Russian charter plane that crashed in the Egyptian Sinai by 224 people. "Soldiers of the Caliphate were able to bring down a Russian plane in the Sinai province carrying more than 220 crusaders who were all killed," wrote the extremist group in a statement posted his usual Twitter accounts, indicating that it acted in retaliation Russian intervention in Syria.
"This information can not be considered accurate," the Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov. "We are in close contact with our Egyptian colleagues and aviation authorities of this country. At present, they have no information that would confirm such insinuations," he added.
originally posted by: ipsedixit
a reply to: Tjoran
I did hear a pilot say that even if both engines failed, the plane should be able to glide for another twenty minutes and land/crash land. This plane just dropped out of the sky according to radar tracking of it.
A militant group affiliated to Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt's Sinai peninsula on Saturday, the group said in a statement circulated by supporters on Twitter.
Egyptian security sources earlier on Saturday said early investigations suggested the plane crashed due to a technical fault.
The claim of responsibility 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.
www.informationclearinghouse.info... I think the vid is mentioned in the link but I think it's also debunked as well
Another theory that has emerged is that a prior structural shock (in 2001) led to a spontenous midair disintegration:
What jumps out from this particular airplane’s record is an accident that it suffered on November 16, 2001 while landing at Cairo (while owned and operated by Middle East Airlines). As it touched down the nose was pointing at too high an angle and the tail hit the tarmac – heavily enough to cause substantial damage.
Tail strikes like this are not uncommon. The airplane was repaired and would have been rigorously inspected then and during subsequent maintenance checks. Nonetheless investigators who will soon have access to the Airbus’s flight data recorder will take a hard look at what is called the rear pressure bulkhead, a critical seal in the cabin’s pressurization system. Images from the wreckage in the Sinai show parts of the tail and rear fuselage near the site of this bulkhead lying clear of the rest of the debris, suggesting a possible break-up in flight.
In the event of a failure of this bulkhead, the airplane would have suffered a sudden and potentially explosive decompression; at its final recorded altitude of 31,000 feet the difference between the pressure inside the cabin and the air outside would have been at the point where such a catastrophic failure would be most likely to occur. The wreckage shows no signs of a fire or an engine-related explosion.
The Islamic State has released a video purporting to show the final moments of the Russian jet that crashed in Egypt, killing all 224 people on board.
The terror group has claimed it downed the aircraft, but has not said how it might have done so. The horrific footage - which was posted online and cannot be verified by MailOnline - shows a large structure resembling a plane falling through the air, before being consumed by a mass of smoke.
Cairo and Moscow have denied any possible terrorism link in the incident, which was one of the deadliest Airbus crashes in the past decade.
It comes as it has emerged that the burning Airbus A321 did not lodge an SOS call before it plummeted to he ground in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
Egypt's civil aviation minister Hossam Kamal said communications between the pilot and air traffic controllers were 'normal' ahead of the disaster.
'There was nothing abnormal... and the pilot didn't ask to change the plane's route,' he said, adding that the controllers recorded no distress calls.
His comments contradicted earlier claims that the pilot had reported technical difficulties and made clear his intention to land at the nearest airport.
originally posted by: ipsedixit
Apparently ISIS has claimed responsibility for shooting down the Russian airliner over the Sinai Peninsula, according to Le Figaro.
I was just going to give a link to a video on the Le Figaro website that told the story, but now the site is down. Strange. Maybe the report was false, but if it is true, that is a big piece of news.
The plane dropped vertically out of the sky, which is a strong indication of a shoot down, but it was cruising at around 30,000 ft., which must surely be out of range of a Stinger missile, or am I wrong about that?
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: ipsedixit
If it was shot down the debris field should be bigger. They should have found pieces farther away than the field they found. It would have looked more like MH17. The description of the debris field and the pictures of the debris are of an aircraft that came down wings level until impact.