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Already, competing theories are raging about why the Airbus 320 plunged into the Mediterranean. Of course, it could have been mechanical failure, though the plane has an excellent safety record.
Or the aircraft could have been brought down deliberately — either by a bomb, by terrorists who somehow managed to enter the cockpit — like 9/11 — or one of the flight crew.
That latter theory would not be without precedent. In 1999, Gameel Al-Batouti, an Egyptian pilot for EgyptAir and a former officer for the Egyptian Air Force, deliberately killed all 217 aboard EgyptAir Flight 990 shortly after it took off from New York by nosediving it into the ocean — as he repeated Islamic religious expressions.
What we can categorically conclude at this juncture is that nothing said by any of the officials who make up the atrociously corrupt Egyptian regime, led by the ruthless and blood-drenched dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, can be taken at face value.
Indeed, the response thus far reveals shocking parallels with the lies and obfuscations that Cairo’s political elite spewed out after a Russian Metrojet flight was brought down over Sinai last year, killing all 224 on board.
It subsequently transpired that, within days, both the Russian and Egyptian authorities were sure a bomb had brought down the holiday airliner.
However, in a desperate effort to protect its crucial but already devastated tourism industry, the Egyptian regime bluffed and lied for months in the hope of limiting the economic fallout — despite the astonishing fact that, within weeks, they had arrested the airport employee at Sharm el-Sheikh airport who was suspected of having planted the bomb.
Most strikingly, the Russians were quick to highlight a terrorist attack as the most likely cause.
And within hours of yesterday’s incident, the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service boldly stated that the plane’s disappearance was ‘in all likelihood’ the result of ‘a terrorist act’, while Egyptian officials spouted an endless series of self-contradictory statements.
Certainly, the recent itinerary of yesterday’s downed EgyptAir plane does not inspire much confidence in the theory that this was just an unfortunate accident.