As we reported earlier this week, the blast pattern on the downed Russian Metrojet plane seemed to indicate an explosion came from within the aircraft, causing sudden depressurization and breaking the plane apart.
Over the weekend, ISIS had claimed responsibility for the fatal crash of flight KGL 9268 carrying tourists from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg.
While no official cause of the crash has been made public, and Egypt’s president called the claims by ISIS “propaganda,” new evidence seems to indicate the crash was not accidental.
According to The Guardian, “cockpit recordings from the Metrojet flight that crashed in the Sinai desert reveal unusual sounds at the moment the plane went off the radar, but no distress call from the pilots, according to Russian media reports.
Pilots spoke to air traffic controllers four minutes before the aircraft disappeared from the radar in a routine exchange and no unusual conversation followed. But an unnamed source quoted by Interfax said “sounds uncharacteristic of routine flight were recorded preceding the moment that the aircraft disappeared from radar screens.”
The recording indicated a situation had developed “suddenly and unexpectedly”, the source added.
Late on Monday, the US news outlets CBS and NBC cited defense sources saying an American infrared satellite had detected a heat flash over Sinai at the time of the incident, which could indicate a bomb or some other device may have exploded.”
Clearly, there’s more to learn about this one. And as we mentioned previously, if this was indeed a terror attack, Putin has probably already planned his response.