British suggest Russian plane over Sinai brought down by explosion

A Russian Metrojet Airbus 321 similar to the plane that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula last weekend. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The British government on Wednesday suggested that the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last weekend may have been brought down by an explosive device.

"While the investigation is still ongoing we cannot say categorically why the Russian jet crashed," Prime Minister David Cameron's office said in a statement.

"But as more information has come to light we have become concerned that the plane may well have been brought down by an explosive device," it added.

As a result, the British government has suspended flights from the Egyptian Red Sea resort Sharm al-Sheikh to the United Kingdom as a precautionary measure.

On Saturday, the Russian Metrojet Airbus 321 bound for St. Petersburgh crashed over the Sinai desert killing all 224 people on board.

While an Islamic State-affiliated terror group based in the Sinai Peninsula claimed that it shot down the Russian airliner in retribution for Russia's involvement in Syria, U.S. Officials have ruled a surface-to-air missile could be the cause for the crash. However, a satellite image of the plane showed a heat flash at the point of the crash, leading to experts to speculate that it could have been an in-flight explosion.

Posted on November 4, 2015 .