Militants of an Egyptian group affiliated with Islamic State claims that it downed a Russian flight 9268 from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg, with 217 passengers and 7 crew members on board, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to AFP.
#BREAKING Islamic State group in Egypt claims it downed Russian airliner
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) October 31, 2015
On the morning of October 31, the Airbus A321 of Russian Kogalymavia airline took off 5:51 a.m. from the Sinai Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg in Russia, and half an hour later it went down in the mountainous area of central Sinai.
Egyptian security sources earlier on Saturday said early investigations suggested the plane crashed due to a technical fault.
According to experts, the militants, operating in the region, including a group of radical ISIS jihadists do not have missiles to hit air targets at altitudes of more than 3-4 thousand meters. Russian airplane was flying on higher echelon of 10 thousand meters.
A Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the downing of a Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula on Saturday.
Reuters reports that the Islamic State’s semi officials news agency Aamaq, also reported the group’s claim of responsibility for the crash. “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, Reuters reported.