Earlier today, ISIS released what they claimed was actual video footage of the terrorist group bringing down a Russian Airbus A321 over Egypt’s Sinai desert. The video footage is blurry at best, and if ISIS did indeed manage to shoot a missile at the aircraft, that would mean the militant group has the capacity to attack an aircraft at an altitude of 31,000 feet.
According to the BBC, a senior official from the airline Kogalymavia is also convinced, stating that “the only reasonable explanation” for the crash “is that it was [due to] external external influence.” However, most other experts are saying it is far too early to tell what exactly caused the crash. Aleksandr Neradko, the head of Russia’s Federal Aviation Agency, said that any claim like that is “not based on any proper facts.” Most likely, Kogalymavia wants a theory that does not fault the aircraft or the crew itself.
A preliminary investigation of the black box shows that there is absolutely no evidence of external factors causing the crash. According to Reuters, while an investigation is ongoing as to what exactly caused the crash, it likely broke up mid-air. The plane did not make a distress call before disappearing from radar, which indicates that there was no external factor present.
The video released by ISIS has been deemed “laughable” by some experts.
From The Mirror:
But Steve Chadwick OBE, a former RAF commander with 26 years experience, has said the video not only shows the wrong type of plane, but also the wrong kind of fire.
He told Mirror Online: “It’s laughable that they might claim that is an Airbus 321. That is not an Airbus.
“Even though the footage is very grainy that is an aircraft with the engines under the tail.
“If the engine was on fire it would be coming from under the wing.”
With the investigation still pending, experts are looking to see what exactly broke the plane up mid-air, as that is the most likely explanation. There is also speculation that a bomb was smuggled onto the plane, but no leads as to that information have come to light.