On August 23rd, a British plane carrying 189 passengers came ‘within 1,000 ft of a missile in the air as it approached Sharm el- Sheikh airport, it emerged last night. The Thomson Airlines flight from London took evasive action after the pilot spotted the missile speeding through the air. The jet landed safely, without passengers knowing they were seconds from disaster.
News.AU A source quoted in The Daily Mail said: ”The first officer was in charge at the time but the pilot was in the cockpit and saw the rocket coming towards the plane. “He ordered that the flight turn to the left to avoid the rocket, which was about 1000ft away.’’
Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin agreed to suspend all Russian flights to Egypt after a recommendation by his chief of intelligence.
UK Daily Mail The revelation comes amid claims British jihadists had spoken about an Islamic State ‘mole’ at Sharm el-Sheikh airport minutes after a Metrojet plane crashed in Sinai, killing all 224 on board.
According to the Sun, British extremists were discussing details of the plot in online ‘chatter’ picked up by US intelligence officers. Sources told the newspaper there was suggestion there might still be an Islamic State agent active in Sharm el-Sheikh airport.
Meanwhile, US news outlet NBC said American officials had heard leaders from the terror group boasting about the downing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt. Citing unnamed officials, the report said ISIS chiefs in Raqqa, Syria, were heard speaking to an affiliated group in the Sinai Peninsula about taking down the plane and how it was done.