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Downing Street Claims Russian Plane Was Brought Down by Explosive Device

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No. 10 Downing Street believe they know the cause of the crash of the Russian airliner over the Sinai peninsula on Saturday.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said on Wednesday that the cause of the crash of Airbus A321 operated by Kogalymavia airline was a bomb or an explosive device, implying foul play at Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh airport from which the flight for St. Petersburg departed on Saturday.

Times of India reports:

“While the investigation is still ongoing we cannot say categorically why the Russian jet crashed,” Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said in a statement.

“But 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 precautionary measure, it said, the government had decided that flights due to leave the resort for Britain on Wednesday evening would be delayed to allow time for a team of UK aviation experts, currently on their way, to make an assessment of the security arrangements in place at the airport.

That assessment was expected to be completed later and there were no more flights due to take off from Britain to Sharm al-Sheikh on Wednesday.downing street

“We would underline that this is a precautionary step and we are working closely with the airlines on this approach,” the statement said.

Extra consular staff were being sent to the resort to help British holidaymakers there, it said, while those either there or planning to travel were advised to contact their airline or tour operator.

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