Update: 11/05/2015- 12:15 PM EST
VICE News is reporting that the head of the Sharm El-Sheikh airport has been “promoted” to deputy chief of the Egyptian Airports Company for operations. The airport is the suspected point of entry for a bomb that was planted on a plane that crashed on Saturday.
From VICE News:
“When VICE News asked Egypt’s civil aviation authority about the removal of the Sharm El-Sheikh airport chief, the response was that Abdel-Wahab Ali had been “promoted” to deputy chief of the Egyptian Airports Company for operations — and that the move was ‘planned for some time.'”
— Avi Asher-Schapiro (@AASchapiro) November 5, 2015
CNN is reporting that U.S. intelligence has pointed to ISIS as the cause of the Russian Airbus A321 that crashed over the Sinai on Saturday.
From CNN: “The latest U.S. intelligence suggests that the crash of Metrojet Flight 9268 was most likely caused by a bomb on the plane planted by ISIS or an ISIS affiliate, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter. The official stressed that there has not been a formal conclusion reached by the U.S. intelligence community. “There is a definite feeling it was an explosive device planted in luggage or somewhere on the plane,” the official told CNN’s Barbara Starr.”
The British government also said today that the Russian Airbus A321 that crashed over the Sinai on Saturday “may well have been brought down by an explosive device”.
Prime Minister David Cameron will be holding an emergency meeting of COBRA– the British equivalent of the Situation Room.
The government has also announced that UK-bound flights from Sharm el-Sheikh airport in Egypt will be stopped until experts can assess the security situation there.
According to Andrew Woodcock, the political editor of the Press Association, the government says that the measures are only “precautionary” in nature. Stay with Rise News as we follow this developing story.
#Breaking The Russian aeroplane which crashed in Egypt “may well have been brought down by an explosive device” – Downing Street
— Press Association (@PA) November 4, 2015
— Andrew Woodcock (@AndyWoodcock) November 4, 2015