ISIS Claims it Brought Down Russian Jetliner (video)

By Faye Higbee

All 244 people perished after a Russian jetliner crashed over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula early on October 31. ISIS has claimed responsibility, though Russia has dismissed the claims. The plane had just taken off from the Red Sea Resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, and was only 23 minutes out from the airport when it crashed. Its destination was St. Petersburg. It vanished from radar at 06:20 a.m. local time.


Screenshot showing map of area and flight plan

No Survivors in Russian plane crash

The plane had a crew of 7 and the passengers were Russians -217 of them, 17 of which were reportedly children. Wreckage was found in the Hasana region of the Sinai and bodies removed along with the plane’s “black box.” An official described a “tragic scene” with bodies of victims still strapped to seats, and belongings strewn across the desert. Egypt’s  Prime Minister and Russian authorities say that there were no indications of an outside issue being to blame for the crash.

The Sinai has battled a growing insurgency now for a long time, so it a bomb is within the realm of possibility.

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Screen shot of crash site

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Screenshot of Russian officials at crash site

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Screenshot of body being loaded into ambulance

ISIS claimed responsibility for the crash, citing that it was in revenge for Russian airstrikes in Syria. But Russian authorities have dismissed the claim, and other experts are not so sure.

“It doesn’t state how they were able to ‘down’ the plane allegedly. Even the most sophisticated of portable surface-to-air missiles cannot reach that high an altitude and are only a threat during periods of take-off or landing, but the plane had already climbed to its target altitude (from what we know thus far) when it began to likely experience technical failures.
The local affiliate, Wilayat Sinai, has been under some pressure over the past few months and may have jumped the gun on taking credit. Although there isn’t a precedent for such a spectacular lie about something they claim to have done, Islamic State itself has recently been embellishing more and more. For instance it claimed that the recent prison raid by Kurdish and US special forces were a total failure, when in fact video evidence surfaced showed them freeing the hostages. So this may be an instance of the rooster taking credit for the dawn.” Mokhtar Awad, an analyst with the Center for American Progress

The investigation is ongoing.

A video reportedly taken by ISIS to show the downing of the jet has been removed from YouTube and the account suspended. But ISIS claims a lot of things, and until the investigation is completed the truth may be a while in coming.

The group Terror Monitor posted the following showing the information from jihadists: