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What could cause something this catastrophic? How about the Israeli's having a 'Blue Flag' military air exercise just minutes away, which included shooting at aircraft?
Israel hosts its largest-ever international air force exerciseAnd more:
Israeli, American, Greek, and Polish air personnel square off against a fictional enemy state in two-week drill
Air forces from around the world have gathered deep in the Arava desert in the south of Israel for the past week and a half to take part in the largest aerial exercise in the history of the Israeli Air Force.
The “Blue Flag” exercise, which is continuing through November 3, pits the Israeli Air Force, the United States Air Force, Greece’s Hellenic Air Force and the Polish Air Force against a fictional enemy state, the captain in charge of all IAF exercises told The Times of Israel Thursday night.
Though the exercise began on October 18, planning for it started nearly eight months ago, the Israeli official said, with an IAF representative contacting each participating country and initially asking, “What do you want to train for?”
Those requests came together to form the plan for “Blue Flag,” which sent Israeli and American F-15 squadrons, along with Israeli, Hellenic and Polish F-16 squadrons, flying through nearly all of Israel’s air space, firing simulated weapons against fictional enemy missile launchers, convoys and aircraft, he said.
Metrojet official says only external impact on plane could have caused crash in EgyptAnd still more:
ST. PETERSBURG — Only an external impact could have caused a Russian plane to dive into the Egyptian desert, killing all 224 people on board, the airline said Monday, adding to a series of incomplete and confusing statements from investigators that left unclear why the plane broke up in mid-flight.
"We rule out a technical fault of the plane or a pilot error," said Alexander Smirnov, deputy general director of Metrojet. "The only possible explanation could be an external impact on the airplane."
When planes do break up in midair, experts say it's usually because of one of three factors: a catastrophic weather event, a midair collision or an external threat, such as a bomb or a missile.
British military analyst Paul Beaver said he thought the crash was most likely caused by a bomb on board, saying he was certain IS does not possess a missile system — such as the Russian BUK — capable of hitting the plane.
ISRAEL CAUSED RUSSIAN METROJET CRASH IN EGYPT?
It looks as though Israel and its friends may have brought down the Russian Metrojet plane which crashed in Egypt on 31 October 2015.
Israel is angry that Russia has been frustrating its plans for Syria.
The Israeli Defence Forces has confirmed that it had intelligence assets in the region at the time of the crash.
Egypt's civil aviation minister Hossam Kamal said communications between the pilot and air traffic controllers were 'normal' ahead of the disaster.
'There was nothing abnormal... and the pilot didn't ask to change the plane's route,' he said, adding that the controllers recorded no distress calls.
His comments contradicted earlier claims that the pilot had reported technical difficulties and made clear his intention to land at the nearest airport.
Professor Michael Clarke, Director General of the Royal United Services Institute says that early indications suggest that the jet may have been destroyed by a bomb on the aircraft.
"Early reports said it split into two and that suggests a catastrophic failure, not a mechanical failure, but perhaps an explosion on board, so I would be much more inclined to think, if we have to guess at this stage, it is much more likely to have been a bomb on board than a missile fired from the ground.