By now you may have heard about the apparent crash of Russian airline Metrojet flight 7K9268 over the Northern Sinai peninsula in Egypt. Currently known facts point towards some kind of technical malfunction that led to the plane ‘falling out of the sky’ and crashing approximately 35 km south of Arish, the largest city in the Sinai. There is, however, some highly strange context about this terrible disaster:
Russian aviation sources still can’t confirm the whereabouts of the passenger plane, despite earlier reports that the aircraft had made contact with Turkish air traffic control, according to TASS [news agency].
“Preliminary reports suggest that the Airbus 320, Kogalymavia flight 92-68 from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, set off at 6:51 Moscow time (4:51GMT) and failed to make contact with Larnaka air traffic control in Cyprus at 7:14, when the plane was last seen on radar. There were 212 passengers and seven crew on board,” the agency’s spokesman Sergey Izvolskiy said. (Source: RT News)
Egyptian aviation authorities now say the Russia-bound plane is safe. After a brief radio silence, the pilot made contact with Turkish air traffic control, and is now believed to be flying in the country’s air space.
“The … Russian airline had told us that the Russian plane we lost contact with is safe and that it has contacted Turkish air traffic control and is passing through Turkish skies now,” Ayman al-Muqaddam, the head of the central air traffic accident authority in Egypt, told reporters in a statement. (Source: RT News)
The flight was traveling from the Egyptian resort to St. Petersburg. It belonged to the Kogalymavia airline, which also uses the brand name Metrojet, an operator popular among Russian tourists going to Egypt. The plane was supposed to contact air traffic in Turkish Cyprus’ Larnaca after leaving Egypt’s airspace, but failed to do so.
The plane climbed to its designated altitude of over 10,000 meters before rapidly dropping and then vanishing from radar. Some reports in the Egyptian media cited eyewitnesses as saying the plane was on fire as it fell.
A source at Sharm El-Sheikh Airport told RIA Novosti the pilot of the missing plane requested a change of course, saying the jet would have to land in Cairo. The source said the crew of the crashed plane had complained to the airport’s technical service that the jet had engine problems. (Source: RT News)
According to Egypt’s security forces, as cited by Reuters, a technical fault was to blame for the crash.
Search and rescue teams are finding bodies in a radius of up to 5km (3.1 miles) from the crash site. Approximately 150, some burnt, have been pulled out of the wreckage so far.
The sources say the aircraft took almost a vertical trajectory as it plummeted down. Large parts of the fuselage burned in the process. (Source: RT News)
Kolavia [Metrojet] believes human error was not behind the Saturday crash, according to RIA Novosti. The plane had been fully serviced and the pilot was an experienced one, with 12,000 hours under his belt. […]
An overhaul on the Airbus A321 was carried out in 2014. Comprehensive preflight maintenance operations were also completed, Kolavia said. (Source: RT News)
The pilot of the crashed plane did not address flight operations officers at Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport before the catastrophe, said the Egyptian civil aviation minister Hossam Kamal.
“Communication between flight operations officers and [the] Russian aircraft was carried out in normal way up to the moment of the catastrophe,” he said at a press-conference in Cairo, stressing that the pilot had not asked for help and the plane “suddenly” disappeared. (Source: RT News)
The aircraft crew of the Airbus A321 made no complaints about the technical state of the plane during pre-flight operations in the Russian city of Samara, TASS reported citing the regional transport prosecutor’s office.
“On October 30, after arriving to Samara airport… the aircraft did not undergo overhaul as there were no maintenance requests from the plane commander. The crew also made no remarks concerning the technical state of the airplane,” a spokesperson for the office told the agency. (Source: RT News)
“As far as it’s known, Islamic State and its affiliate groups don’t have the capability to bring down aircraft flying at the height that this aircraft reportedly was, which is something around 10,000 meters,” security analyst and former UK counter-terrorism officer Charles Shoebridge told RT. “That doesn’t mean to say though that at least theoretically they couldn’t bring the plane down by other means, for example by sabotage at the departing airport or a bomb on board,” he added, but pointed out that “the mechanical failure of some sort is the most likely cause, as with most air accidents.”
As of why the terrorists would make such claims, Shoebridge said that it “increases their propaganda, and it also can be seen as punishment – as they would like to call it – for Russian involvement against Islamic State in Syria, so therefore one can expect them to take advantage of opportunity like this regardless whether they are responsible or not.” (Source: RT News)
The last large-scale Russian airline incident happened in November 2013, when Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 crashed at Kazan International Airport while attempting to land. Fifty people died in the incident. (Source: RT News)
The last major commercial airliner crash in Egypt happened in 2004, when a Flash Airlines Boeing 737 plunged into the Red Sea after taking off from Sharm el-Sheikh. The 148 people aboard that flight, most of whom were French, were killed. (Source: ABC News)
7K9268 A321 crash is the deadliest accident involving Airbus A320 family – 224 casualties (Source: RT News via Twitter)
The Saturday crash in the Egyptian skies became the deadliest in Russian and Soviet aviation history, surpassing the 1985 disaster in Uzbekistan which killed 200 people. (Source: RT News)
Consider those last few facts closely – the deadliest air crash in Russian and Soviet aviation history, and the deadliest accident that has affected the Airbus A320 types of aircraft. Consider also the contradictory reports coming from Egyptian officials after the incident initially took place. Consider also the airline’s statements regarding the technical state of the aircraft and pilot’s capability prior to the incident. Consider also the destruction of flight MH17 as a false-flag attack against Russia, Russia’s current partnership with the Syrian government in the annihilation of terrorist groups in Syria and the location of Sharm el-Sheikh airport.
Then ask what may seem to be an unpalatable question – who might benefit? Who might benefit from an ‘accident’ like this occurring?
ISIS? Certainly. But considering their lack of capabilities, and the much more sophisticated capabilities of those pulling the strings behind them, we once again arrive at a three-letter acronym synonymous with much of the actual terrorism than has been perpetrated around the world in the last five decades: The CIA.
Of course, Saudi Arabia’s ‘intelligence’ services also could fit into a potential ‘line-up’ of perps. It’s unlikely though, that they would try something so brazen without the explicit approval and probable assistance of, the ’empire’, especially when they have a ‘war’/turkey shoot in Yemen they are dealing with. So again, CIA.
Mossad perhaps? While they definitely have the means and opportunity, I don’t see that much of a motive for Israel to risk itself doing something so dangerous when it has been making notable efforts (on the world stage, at least) to ‘buddy up’ to Russia. Same with MI5 in the UK, although they’re trying to ‘buddy up’ to China. One less-likely possibility is of a false-flag by the Mossad against the CIA – to make Russia think the CIA took down the airliner. If so, expect to see US-Israeli relations begin to deteriorate in a BIG way over the next six months. But it more likely actually was the CIA.
A more interesting question, I think, is why? What would the CIA hope to gain out of such idiocy? They surely cannot be so stupid as to think that some kind of covert ‘message’ to Russia about targeting its civilians will make Putin back down in Syria. Putin (and the Russian government) are already well-aware of the empire’s targeting of Russian civilians for political purposes, and have taken/are taking steps to protect them. If anything, Russian airstrikes against ISIS/CIA etc. targets will likely increase in response.
To ‘demonstrate’ some new kind of weaponised technology to the Russians? EMP targeting of aircraft, perhaps? Given Russia’s ‘reverse propaganda’ articles about the capabilities of their EMP-hardened military units, I think Russia has been aware of possible U.S. military/DARPA ‘secret weapons’ for some time, and has been working to build defences against them.
Or perhaps, by attacking Russia in such an ‘obvious’ way, to demonstrate the supposed ‘vulnerability’ of Russia to other nations watching the geopolitical situation and that the U.S. can and will deal out the same to any regional countries that don’t ‘toe the party line’ in the upcoming Syrian ‘ceasefire’ negotiations?
Or perhaps to send a message to Egypt about getting too cosy with Russia? They did buy those Mistral carriers from France, after all. And they’re paying a Russian company $1 billion to outfit them with military gear. Not to mention all the other economic co-operation going on such as creating a free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and Russia building nuclear reactors for them.
Dunno. There are few facts available at this stage, and, while I can guess that the Russians will investigate this incident with an extremely suspicious eye as to any possible ‘cloak and dagger’ stuff, the likelihood of any ‘smoking gun’ proof being found is not high.
There is also the possibility that ‘natural’ factors caused the downing of the flight, such as an EMP pulse from an overhead meteor explosion (perhaps a small ‘travelling companion’ of the ‘Halloween asteroid’ that has just flown by Earth).
At the moment, the known facts suggest an accidental malfunction of some sort. But other known facts suggest that such a malfunction was unlikely.
Hopefully, we will know the Truth soon. My condolences to all the families and friends of the victims.