New video released online by social media accounts tied to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) seems to show a jetliner exploding in midair.
On Saturday, a Russian airliner with 224 passengers on board crashed in Egypt. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane shortly after it had reached an altitude of 31,000 feet. The aircraft then rapidly descended at a rate of over 6,000 feet per minute.
ISIS claimed responsibility and released the above video a few hours later. Some people claim the video is a hoax or piece of ISIS propaganda. The terror groups have been known to produce high-quality videos in the past.
Russia, who has stepped up their military operations against ISIS and other Islamic fighters in Syria, has not yet formally commented on the situation.
Lufthansa, Emirates Air and Air France have all halted flights over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula for the time being.
The plane’s black box has been recovered, and Russia has already sent a team of investigators to Egypt.
According to The Express:
Professor Michael Clarke, Director General of the Royal United Services Institute, said the jet may have been destroyed by a bomb on the aircraft.
He said: “This aircraft was 200km north of its take-off zone, that means it was flying at around 31,000 feet. Terrorists, as far as we know, don’t have the equipment to take down an aircraft at that height.
“Early reports said it split into two and that suggests a catastrophic failure, not a mechanical failure, but perhaps an explosion on board.
“So I would be much more inclined to think, if we have to guess at this stage, it is much more likely to have been a bomb on board than a missile fired from the ground.