MetroJet Airbus A321 crashes in Egypt

Aviation Updates Philippines - A Russian airliner, MetroJet Flight 9268 crashed in Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning. According to news reports, the Airbus A321 aircraft carrying 224 passengers and crew took off from Sharm el-Sheikh at 3:58 GMT heading to St. Petersburg.
DEBRIS. The debris of the A321 plane at Sinai, Egypt scattered 1.7 km after the last known radar position. EPA
"Disintegration of the fuselage took place in the air, and the fragments are scattered around a large area (about 20 square kilometers)," Viktor Sorochenko, Executive Director of Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee, told journalists, according to reports.

The aircraft disappeared from the radar screens at 6:20 AM local time currently flying at 31,000 feet over the area of Arish. According to the data by, the plane descended very quickly at 6,000 feet per minute.

“It was climbing quite normally when after 23 minutes when it passed 30,000ft it suddenly started to lose speed,” analyst Mikail Robertson told the BBC.

“It went down from 400 knots to 62 knots and then it suddenly started to drop very fast…after about 20 seconds we lost the signal from this aircraft.”

An official from the Aviation Safety Committee said that the pilot radioed the Air Traffic Control to report a technical problem. The pilots also planned to make an emergency landing to the nearest airport. This all happened before the plane lost contact from the radar.

Aviation Safety Network, a website providing accident reports, showed that the same plane - but operating with the other airline - had a tail strike incident upon landing Cairo International Airport (CAI), Egypt. It sustained damage but was repaired.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Isis through its propaganda agency said: “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.”

However, these reports are currently being investigated. According to experts, the Isis-linked group is not capable of downing the plane at that kind of high altitude.

“The Islamic State and (regional) militant groups are not known to have anything that could hit planes at cruising altitude,” said Zack Gold, a regional expert focused on Sinai security. “The only way they could have been responsible is if they managed to get a bomb on the plane itself.”
Source: CNN, ASN, The Independent, The Guardian, Google