UK cancelling Egypt flights,
Downing Street making emergency statement saying it believes an explosive device was on board the Russian Aircraft.
RUSSIAN JET BROUGHT DOWN IN EGYPT MAY WELL HAVE BEEN BROUGHT DOWN BY AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE – DAVID CAMERONS OFFICE
The Russian jet that crashed in Egypt “may well have been brought down by an explosive device”, Downing Street has said.
The Metrojet plane, which was en-route from Sharm el Sheik to the Russian city of St Petersburg, crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, killing all 224 people on board.
The nature of the crash and the lack of an SOS have led to speculation that the jet was brought down by a bomb or a missile.
The UK Government said in a statement that while it cannot “categorically” say why the plane crashed, “as more information has come to light we have become concerned that the plane may well have been brought down by an explosive device”.
As a result, a spokeswoman said all flights due to leave Sharm el Sheikh for Britain this evening will be delayed as a “precautionary measure” to allow a team of UK experts to assess what security arrangements are in place at the airport.