A Russian plane crashed 23 minutes after taking off over Egypt on Oct. 31 on it’s way to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have claimed they were the group behind the crash. According to Reuters, Egyptian investigators say they are “90-percent sure” a bomb was put on the plane before taking off from the Sharm al-Sheikh tourist resort in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. According to the Washington Post the plane was carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members, totaling 224 people. There were no survivors from the crash. According to a Reuters report, the debris from the crash was spread over a 8-mile area, which according to experts is consistent with a mid-air break up of the plane.
The black boxes were recovered and the recordings inside of them were clear enough to listen to. The first 23 minutes of the recording are normal, but then in the final second of the recording the sound of a bomb going off can be heard, experts from an investigation team looking into the crash told Reuters. Vladimir Putin, of Russia, has halted all Russian travel between Egypt.
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the House Homeland Security Committee, said the evidence that they have seen points to ISIS being behind the attack, according to a report from Reuters. There is another theory that the tail of the plane, which had been worked on several years ago, could have just fallen off. But Rep. McCaul thinks it was ISIS, “But I think the more likely scenario where all indicators seem to be pointing, is that this was an ISIS attack with an explosive device in the plane.
McCaul also said, according to the same report from Reuters, because of this attack, America needs to step up and provide more support for those fighting ISIS, “I think that we need to step up this war on terror against ISIS because if it’s a Russian airline today it could be an American airline tomorrow.”
According to the Washington Post, two of Europe’s largest airlines said they would not fly any planes over the violent Sinai Peninsula, which is riddled with radical Islamic insurgencies like ISIS.
According to The Hill, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said that ISIS most likely worked with an airport worker to get the bomb on board the plane. Schiff said, “…if that’s the case, I think there are probably at least a dozen airports in the region and beyond that are vulnerable to the same kind of approach, which is exactly why we have to harden those defenses.”