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Russia’s transport minister Maksim Sokolov on Saturday denied the Islamic State’s claim, that its militants had brought down the Russian charter plane, an Airbus A321 en route from the south Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg on Saturday. But a videotape released by ISIS is claiming it shot the plane down and shows an explosion on the wing of a plane and follows its fall from the sky trailed by a tail of smoke.

There were 214 Russian and three Ukranian passengers on board, with a crew of seven. An ISIS affiliate in Egypt claimed that it had downed the plane, without specifying how, but an Egyptian spokesman said the crash was not the result of an attack.


The ISIS tweets describing the attack went: “Soldiers of the Caliphate were able to bring down a Russian plane above Sinai Province with at least 220 Russian crusaders aboard,” followed by: “They were all killed, praise be to God. O Russians, you and your allies take note that you are not safe in Muslims lands or their skies,” and: “The killing of dozens daily in Syria with bombs from your planes will bring woe to you. Just as you are killing others, you too will be killed, God willing.”

But Minister Sokolov tweeted: “Now in various media there is assorted information that the Russian [airplane]… was supposedly shot down by an anti-aircraft missile, fired by terrorists,” and insisted, “This information can’t be considered accurate.”

According to Sputnik, an examination of the Airbus crash site showed the airliner fell due to a technical fault. It was the deadliest air accident in Russian history, worse than the 1985 disaster in Uzbekistan, when 200 people perished. Bodies were found as far as three miles the crashed plane in the Sinai. According to Reuters, the plane fell vertically, which led to large parts of it burning.

According to the Guardian, the ISIS claim does not explain how they were able to bring down the plane, when the most sophisticated, portable surface-to-air missiles can’t reach the high altitude the plane was flying at. These missiles have been proven effective strictly during take-off or landing, but the Russian Airbus came down after having reached its target altitude.

The altitude of the plane, an estimated 20,000 feet, makes it practically impossible for ISIS to have hit the plane with any missile in their arsenal.

The black box that was onboard the aircraft has been found at the crash site, according to the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry. Egypt’s Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kemal said it was too early to state the cause of the crash, but suggested the plane had not been shot down or blown up.

Meanwhile, European airlines Lufthansa and Air France have announced that they would stop flying over the Sinai Peninsula, until it is made clear what had caused the crash.


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  1. Even if a technical problem, what kind if sickos would be rejoicing and pretending they did it. These scum must all be removed frim this earth forever. There is no dealing, there is nothing other than their complete removal. Only a fool believes they can be dealt with as if they were humans. Time to nuke them off the face of the earth.

  2. These people rejoicing at the death of people are worst than animals. They will not rejoice when the Angel of death comes for their souls. They may not be brought to justice in this life but in the hereafter they will have no helper or friend.

  3. I believe ISIS is lying. I don't think they brought down that plane. Is anyone else in agreement with me or am I the only one? It seems all that's on the news and the internet is people believing and on the side that ISIS brough down the plane. Their only way to touch Russia is a psychological effect. They have nothing but words, and lies.

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