Airlines avoiding Sinai after Egypt crash

The NZ Herald | .

Three major airlines announced yesterday that they would no longer fly over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt after a Russian passenger plane crashed in the troubled area, killing all 224 people on board.

The Isis (Islamic State) affiliate in Egypt claimed it downed the plane, without saying how. But Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif Ismail expressed doubt about the claim, saying experts confirmed that a plane cannot be downed at such an altitude, and Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov said the claim "cannot be considered accurate".

Emirates, Lufthansa and Air France said they would avoid the airspace over Sinai until it was established what had brought down Flight KGL9268, operated by Metrojet, the brand name of Kogalymavia, a small Russian airline.

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