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Sunday, November 1, 2015
Russian plane crash: British airlines warned not to fly low over Sinai region a YEAR ago
European airlines were warned not to fly low over the area where the Russian passenger jet crashed a YEAR ago because of terror fears.
The Metrojet plane, bound for St Petersburg, crashed 23 minutes after it took off from Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday morning.
The 224 people on board, all Russian except for four Ukrainians and one Belarusian, died.
Now it has emerged that the European Aviation Safety Agency warned carriers about potential dangers from ISIS-affiliated terror thugs in November 2014.
The safety information bulletin states: “Due to ongoing insurgent activity, operators of civil aircraft should be aware of the risk to flight operations safety in the North Sinai Governate of Egypt deriving from possible use of small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and anti-aircraft fire, including shoulder-fired man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS).
"The threat is considered to represent a significant risk to aviation overflying this area at or below FL260 (26,000ft)."
An easyJet spokeman said: "As has been the case for some time before Saturday's incident, easyJet like other UK airlines does not fly over northern and central Sinai, the area of the incident."