Airlines Reroute Around Sinai in Wake of Russian Crash

By Paul Riegler on 1 November 2015
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DSC_0596 (1)Air France and Lufthansa said Saturday that they would no longer fly over Egypt’s Sinai region following the crash of a Russian charter flight there earlier in the day.

The plane, an 18-year-old Airbus A321, had taken off from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt and crashed 25 minutes later, killing all 217 passengers and seven crew members.

Although the cause remains under investigation, an Islamist group issued a claim of responsibility for the incident.

The two European airlines said they would reroute flights away from the region until the cause of the accident had been determined, a measure that recalls what numerous airlines did following the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down by a Russian-made missile over eastern Ukraine, in July 2014.

In March, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration warned in a Notice to Airmen that airlines operating in the Sinai Peninsula were “at risk from potential extremist attacks involving anti-aircraft weapons” and should therefore avoid altittudes below FL260 or 26,000’.

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