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Originally posted by Riwka
Interfax news agency: Missing Russian passenger plane sent hijack alert before disappearing from radar screens
i already pst that more than an hour ago.
Originally posted by shoo
Hey people. 90% of all posts here are totally useless and just wasted my time to read them.
Interesting. Because this post of your is more than 90% useless and definteiyl a waste of my time. Of course, people who post to web forums can't really make a claim as to having 'valuable' time in the first place.
BUCHALKI, Russia (AP) - Russian crews are scouring the wreckage,
trying to find what caused two jets to crash after leaving a Moscow
airport. Officials say pilot error or poor fuel may be to blame in the
near simultaneous crashes that killed 89 people. Witnesses report
hearing several explosions.
Both pilots had sent hijack distress signals before their craft disappeared from radar. Russian security service sources, in their first reaction over Russian TV Wednesday, characterized the disaster as typical of al Qaeda’s mode of operation.
DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources believe, in fact, that the Tupolev-154 which blew up in mid-flight near Rostov was destined for Sochi, further to the south, where Putin was vacationing at his holiday residence. The first doomed craft, a Tuopolev-134 that crashed near Bushelaki in the Tula province may also have been originally aimed at a Russian city and not made it.
Putin finally opted to clear the airspace over Russia’s main cities, not the whole country, on the assumption that the two-plane assault was the end of the current terror offensive. He hoped that the announcement of tightened security at Moscow’s airports would put off any more terrorists who might be heading there for further air hijacks.
Russian Air force fighters scrambled to patrol skies across the country, armed with unpublished orders to shoot down any identified aircraft, even if it was a passenger plane. In addition, Moscow quietly asked neighboring Ukraine, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to go on counter-terror air alert.
The United States too, three weeks after raising terror alerts in New York, Washington and New Jersey over a threat to its financial sector, has also instituted extra-special precautions. American security authorities decided to be on the safe side and act as though the Moscow hijackings were the start of a series in places other than Russia, especially in view of their timing – four days before Chechnya’s presidential election on Sunday, August 28 and five days before the Republican National Convention opens in New York to nominate President George W. Bush as party’s presidential candidate and Vice President Richard Cheney his running mate.