As most people are already aware, a Russian passenger plane crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The cause of the crash was originally attributed to a mechanical failure, however the terror group ISIS quickly claimed credit for the crash.
Now both US and UK intelligence services say that a bomb planted by ISIS before takeoff was the most likely cause of the crash.
According to a CNN report, the British government has already grounded all flights from some parts of Egypt due to advice from the British intelligence community that a planted explosive device likely took down the Russian flight.
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said Wednesday that British authorities are going to delay flights on Wednesday from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to the United Kingdom.
The announcement comes in the wake of Saturday’s crash of a Russian passenger plane that broke apart in midair, an incident that is under heavy scrutiny by investigators that say the plane may have been brought down by an explosive device.
US officials issued their own findings shortly after the UK news was released. From another CNN report:
The latest U.S. intelligence suggests that the crash of a Russian passenger jet in the Sinai over the weekend was most likely caused by a bomb on the plane planted by ISIS or an ISIS affiliate, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.
But the official stressed a formal conclusion has not been reached by the U.S. intelligence community.
Some forensics experts have already pointed out that an explosion of some kind would most like account for the type of crash being seen.
It would seem that both the US and UK intelligence community coming to the same likely cause of the crash hours apart from each other is not a coincidence. If confirmed, it would be one of the worst fears for residents and passengers to/from Middle Eastern countries – ISIS has some access to aircraft personnel.
BREAKING: US official: Early intelligence suggests bomb brought down the Russian airliner.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 4, 2015
ISIS associated social media accounts released the following footage that they claim is a video shot from the ground of the plane exploding.