“There was an explosion of some kind” and “the plane disintegrated at a very high altitude,” the official told U.S. television network NBC. He said there was “no evidence a missile of any kind brought down the plane.” __ Source
A midair heat flash was detected by a US infrared satellite as the ill-fated Russian chartered airliner broke up over Sinai.
CBS News’ national security correspondent David Martin reports a U.S. infrared satellite detected a heat flash over the Sinai at the time the Russian plane went down. The data is still being analyzed in an effort to determine what caused the flash. One possibility is a bomb, but an explosion in a fuel tank or engine as the result of a mechanical failure is also possible. __ CBSNews
Experts are speculating that an on-board bomb may have been the cause of the mid-air breakup over the Muslim nation — suggesting that Islamist terrorists may have been involved.
Several children were lost in the crash, adding to the emotional impact of the tragedy.
A senior U.S. defense official said on November 2 that infrared images of the area taken when the Airbus A321-200 was in the air detected a heat flash that suggests the plane was destroyed internally by a bomb or a fuel-tank explosion.
“There was an explosion of some kind” and “the plane disintegrated at a very high altitude,” the official told U.S. television network NBC. He said there was “no evidence a missile of any kind brought down the plane.”
It has been suggested that if terrorism is judged to be the cause of this air disaster, that Russia’s president Putin is likely to expand current ongoing anti-terrorism efforts by Russia in Chechnya, Syria, and elsewhere. If so, Putin may finally have to get serious about ISIS, instead of merely playing Kabuki Theatre politics with his indiscriminate bombing campaign in Syria.
Russia’s population may contain as many as 10% to 15% Muslims — with many more on the way. Among youth populations, the percentage is likely to be higher. Russia’s conscript military is soon to become highly dependent upon Muslim conscripts, including Chechens.
Ordinary Russians who can still afford to travel are becoming frightened of the prospects of air terrorism. Flight bookings have plummeted in recent days according to Russian air travel agencies.
The future of Putin’s actions may well pivot upon the results of the ongoing air crash investigation. In the past, such investigations in Russia have been slow, and obstructed by official corruption.
Russia is suffering badly at this time. Let us hope that Putin does not intensify that suffering by further foolish and impulsive actions.