Metrojet Flight 9268, which crashed on Saturday killing all 224 passengers onboard, may have been carrying a bomb U.S. official’s say. The flight that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai desert was on route to St. Petersburg from Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt when it broke apart in the air.
British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond said the British government believes there is a “significant possibility” that an explosive device caused the Russian aircraft to crash.
Authorities investigating the crash at first dismissed ISIS had any involvement but U.S Intelligence are now suggesting that it could well have been ISIS or an affiliated group that planted a bomb on the plane.
An alleged message from ISIS Sini branch, which was posted on terror-related social media sites on Wednesday, admits that they were the ones who brought the plane down. But as ISIS hasn’t given any details or openly claimed the attack it is still under investigation as to who is responsible.
U.S. Intelligence forces are also saying that whoever is responsible for planting the bomb were helped by airport workers in Sharm el-sheikh and that it is common knowledge that the airport has relaxed security.
Both Britain and Ireland suspended flights on Wednesday from the Egyptian resort city. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s office 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.”
Egypt who is leading the investigation is dismissing suspicions that it could be an attack by ISIS. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said he was disappointed by Britain’s decision to suspend flights and told CNN, “I think it is somewhat premature to make declarations related to what might or might not have happened to the aircraft before the investigation is completed and before there is a definitive cause for this crash.”
There has been no complete conclusion as to what actually happened to the Russian plane as U.S. officials haven’t examined forensic evidence from the crash. But it is certain there will be an impact on Egypt’s economy as many flights to Egypt have also been canceled.