International passengers departing Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh continued to line up for flights today, as the first of three teams of Russian inspectors was dispatched to the country to examine airport security following last weekend’s airline disaster Fox News correspondent Connor Powell is following the story from Jerusalem.
Investigators are moving closer to finding the cause of last Saturday’s deadly crash. And increasingly it look like a bomb is to blame.
The leading Egyptian investigator said this weekend a noise from a quote ‘undetermined source’ was heard on the black box recording immediately before the aircraft went down. That sound likely a bomb according to U.S. and Egyptian authorities who say they are 90 percent certain.
However, there is still some doubt as investigators are looking into a fuel explosion or overheated lithium batteries.
Earlier in the week, the Pentagon officials said they detected a sudden and unexpected heat flash seconds before the plane crashed.
Russia announcing Friday it was suspending flights to Egypt and today saying they had flown some 11 thousand tourists out from Sharm el-Sheikh.
While this is a joint Russian and Egyptian investigation, the New York Times is reporting, the F.B. I. is also helping with forensic analysis.
Given the increase tensions between the Kremlin and Washington, this is a rare moment of cooperation between the two.
In Jerusalem, Connor Powell, Fox News