CAIRO — Six days after the crash of a Russian charter flight from the Egyptian resort area of Sharm el Sheikh, the government of Egypt is finding itself increasingly isolated in its resistance to the possibility that a terrorist’s bomb brought down the plane.
But the government of Egypt, critically dependent on the money tourists bring to Sharm el Sheikh’s resorts, has dismissed any every suggestion of a bombing as “premature,” “surprising” and “unwarranted.”
The widening chasm between Egypt and the world, some say, recalls an earlier crash, in 1999, when EgyptAir Flight 990 plunged into the ocean off the coast of Nantucket Island. Although American investigators said flight records pointed to the decisions of an Egyptian pilot, the Egyptian government blamed a malfunction in the Boeing airplane, and 17 years later the Egyptian-American dispute over the cause is still unresolved.
Since I am Great Guys senior Tin Kicking correspondent, I can't let this go without comment. Over the past week, I have been prowling some pilot forums and have seen some images beyond what end up on TV. Why? Not due to some conspiracy to The Truth, but rather because there are people commenting who are serious structural engineers, and see things I wouldn't know to look for.
Like fuselage skin with holes clearly made from inside by irregularly shaped, and very high velocity, objects.
Pretty much exactly like what you'd expect from a bomb.