Physics : Surface Air Missile Strike

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On October 31, 2015, the Russian international chartered passenger flight Metrojet 9268 crashed in the middle of the Sinai peninsula in Egypt, from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport en route to Pulkovo Airport, Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Patrick, 2015). The crash took the world and Russia by surprise, as it was unprecedented in that region and unexpected, given that the weather conditions were suitable and so was the plane’s technical and mechanical situations. As investigations around the accident proceeded, new details emerged around the circumstances surrounding the crash, producing three main theories. One theory suggests an explosive device being the reason behind the crash, the second theory suggests technical and mechanical failure, while the third theory suggests a missile strike that brought down the airplane. What do each of these theories argue? An exploration of the evidence surrounding each theory would help provide an answer to this question. First Theory: Surface-to-Air Missile Strike The first theory regarding the crash argues that there is a missile which hit the plane and caused it to crash down. Advocates of this claim believe that Sinai is an active space for militants which have been receiving sophisticated weapons, including surface to air missiles. Alexander Smirnov, a spokesperson for Metrojet, added a probability to this theory when he said that a technical fault is ruled out, in addition to pilot error, blaming the crash on what he considered
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