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Old 11-03-2015, 09:12 AM   #1
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Intelligence analysis has ruled out that the Russian commercial airplane was struck by a missile, but the new information suggests that there was a catastrophic in-flight event -- including possibly a bomb, though experts are considering other explanations, according to U.S. officials. There are a ...
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"linked to routine Egyptian military activity and was not a "targeted attack"...

British plane narrowly avoids being struck by mystery missile over Egypt
Saturday 7th November, 2015 - A British airliner had to take evasive action over Egypt's Sinai region when a missile came within 1,000 feet of hitting the plane in August, according to new reports.
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The Daily Mail says the missile almost hit the Thomson Airways London to Sharm el-Sheikh flight carrying 189 passengers. An investigation by the British government concluded the incident was linked to routine Egyptian military activity and was not a "targeted attack". That report has been met with skepticism by many aviation analysts.

Aviation expert Alastair Rosenschein has described the incident as "quite extraordinary" and said he does not believe the UK government's explanation. "I'm not sure that I buy the fact that it was a military exercise and that a missile passed to within a 1,000ft of an aircraft that was presumably on the correct flight path on the approach to land at Sharm el-Sheikh," he said. "It most certainly does not happen. I suspect that this is not the full story." The government has confirmed an investigation into the reported missile incident was carried out by the Department for Transport.


Thomson has confirmed "an event" was reported by the crew of flight TOM 476 on 23 August 2015, which was reported to the UK Department for Transport. "The DfT conducted a full investigation in conjunction with other UK government experts. After reviewing the details of the case, the investigation concluded that there was no cause for concern and it was safe to continue our flying programme to Sharm-el Sheikh," a spokesperson for the airline said.

The news comes a week after a Russian jet - an Airbus A321, operated by Russian airline Metrojet - flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg crashed in Sinai last Saturday, killing all 224 people on board. Most of the victims were Russian. French aviation officials have said the crash was not caused by technical failures, and other French officials said the flight data recorder suggested a "violent, sudden" explosion.

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