Could this be video evidence of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) claim that they shot down the Russian airliner?

No way to confirm that this is the plane, let alone the Russian plane that crashed into Sinai nose first, but because Youtube immediately took down the video, it’s possible. Time will tell.

 

UPDATE: It IS possible that ISIS had the kind of equipment that could shoot down a plane like that:

Al-Arabiya (h/t Susan K)  Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have reportedly laid their hands on sophisticated antiaircraft missile systems, raising with that the threat to air operations carried out by the U.S.-led coalition fighting against the group in Iraq and Syria.

Images from a video released by ISIS captured a fighter firing Chinese-made surface-to-air missile FN6 – and blowing an Iraqi army MI-35M during a battle in the oil-rich town of Baiji, north of Baghdad, according to the New York Times. Two crew members were reportedly killed as a result.

In several occasions antiaircraft missiles were used to shoot down Syrian army helicopters and even jets occasionally. Observers claim the Chinese shoulder-launched missiles were seized by ISIS militants from moderate rebels.

An image taken from the internet (below) shows a Syrian rebel carrying what seems to be a Chinese-made FN-6 anti-aircraft missile launcher.

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Shoebat  Officials say that the plane crashed due to technical difficulty and here ISIS says they downed the civilian jet killing all on board.

So which source do we believe in this case: the media or ISIS? Well, Fox news reveals that the official news is mired in contradictions:

Ayman al-Muqadem, an Egyptian official with the government’s Aviation Incidents Committee, said the plane’s pilot, before losing contact, had radioed that the aircraft was experiencing technical problems and that he intended to try and land at the nearest airport. The aircraft crashed at a site near the el-Arish airport, he said.

Officials say that the plane crashed due to technical difficulty and here ISIS says they downed the civilian jet killing all on board.

So which source do we believe in this case: the media or ISIS? Well, Fox news reveals that the official news is mired in contradictions:

Ayman al-Muqadem, an Egyptian official with the government’s Aviation Incidents Committee, said the plane’s pilot, before losing contact, had radioed that the aircraft was experiencing technical problems and that he intended to try and land at the nearest airport. The aircraft crashed at a site near the el-Arish airport, he said.

Fox then says: “It was not immediately possible to independently confirm that technical problems caused the plane to crash.” And then a complete contradiction:

Earlier, al-Muqadem told local media that the plane had briefly lost contact but was safely in Turkish airspace.

The reported news is mired with contradictions and there is no confirmation of a technical difficulty and we know that it did not reach “Turkish airspace”. So these reports cannot be confirmed or be completely trusted at this point until the investigations are complete.

Mohamed Hossam Kemal, Egypt’scivil aviation minister, told a news conference that communications between the plane and air traffic control before the crash had been normal and that nothing irregular had occurred before the accident. “The plane did not request a change of route,” he said.

Then we have Russia’s transport minister claiming that MANPAD stinger missiles are not within range to bring down an airliner that was flying at 31000 feet since MANPADS have maximum reach of 15000 feet.

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However, the surprise comes when an SA-8 GECKO was used to down a cargo plane around Damascus by Syrian rebels last year which is highly mobile and has the range of 40,000 feet, well within distance of the reported height (36,000 ft). One example can be seen here:

Then we have the eyewitness account which do seem to corroborate the ISIS reported footage. A website called Flightradar24, which tracks air traffic around the globe, said the plane had been descending at a rate of 6,000 feet per minute just before it disappeared from radar. Eyewitnesses reported one engine on fire as it went down, according to a report in Masry Al-Youm, an Egyptian newspaper.

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Whether or not the videos are real or staged productions is currently unknown but heat seeking missiles usually hit one engine which leaves only 30% chance of landing safely. The footage can be legitimate because ISIS does infest the Sinai which makes their report plausible, especially when we see the official reporting contradictory including the claims that terrorists only have simple low range stingers is no longer the case as evidence reveals.

The Crash Site:

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