Russian Plane Crash In Sinai Leaves 224 Dead
A Russian airliner has crashed in the Sinai Peninsula almost immediately after takeoff killing everyone on board, 217 passengers and 7 crew members according to a report in the NYDailyNews
“I now see a tragic scene,” a security officer at the scene told Reuters. “A lot of dead on the ground and many who died while strapped to their seats.
“The plane split into two, a small part on the tail end that burned and a larger part that crashed into a rock,” he continued.
The official said that 120 bodies have been recovered. “We are hearing a lot of telephones ringing, most likely belonging to the victims, and security forces are collecting them and putting them into a bag,” he said.
Can you imagine how panicked and worried the families of these folks must be? Calling their loved ones over and over hoping and praying that one of them answers…
Like clockwork, the terrorist regime known as ISIS is claiming responsibility for the down aircraft, but there is no real evidence to substantiate that at this time
Washington-based SITE Intelligence group, which monitors terrorism-related social media. The claim could not be verified.
“The fighters of the Islamic State were able to down a Russian plane over Sinai province that was carrying over 220 Russian crusaders. They were all killed, thanks be to God,” the statement circulated on Twitter said…
Militants in northern Sinai have not to date shot down commercial airliners or fighter-jets. There have been persistent media reports that they have acquired Russian shoulder-fired, anti-aircraft missiles. But these types of missiles can only be effective against low-flying aircraft or helicopters. In January 2014, Sinai-based militants claimed to have shot down a military helicopter; Egyptian officials at the time acknowledged the helicopter had crashed, but gave no reason.
R.I.P. to those who lost their lives and our thoughts and prayers are with the grieving families.
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