Authorities are working around the clock to uncover the cause of the plane crash that took place in Egypt on Saturday. The aircraft crashed at the Sinai Peninsula, resulting in the death of 224 people including 25 children. Most of the passengers were Russians. Authorities claim that there were no survivors.
A report from the Russian Air Transport Agency claims that Kogalymavia Airbus A321 fell apart in mid flight, not long after they left the Sharm el-Sheikh resort in Egypt. As a result, the debris was scattered over a 20sqkm radius. The aircraft was headed for St Petersburg Russia. The authorities have recovered 163 bodies so far from the wreckage, and the search is still in effect.
There was a lot of uncertainty about the accident and what caused it. Most of the Gulf carriers rerouted their flight path from the Sinai Peninsula as a precaution. Some of the other airways plying the same route have announced that they will still use it, but they will avoid some of the areas close to where the Kogalymavia Airbus met its end.
Authorities suspect that the aircraft was brought down by an airstrike though it has not been confirmed. However, Egypt is an Islamic state, and it might be in the interest of some Islamic groups to retaliate against Russia for its attack on Syria. Authorities have brought it up as a theory but it is still too early to confirm the claims or whether it was the result of a flaw in the plane.
The remains of the passengers recovered from the wreckage have been transported to St. Petersburg, Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called for a moment of silence and wisely asked the members of the public not to make hasty conclusions. The situation has already created a lot of tension and could easily spark a war between states. He also stated that the investigations require a lot of time and resources before the actual cause can be determined.