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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Flights to Egypt suspended following 'mystery' plane crash

Russian plane wreckage
Russian plane wreckage

Mark O'Regan

Irish airlines have been directed not to operate flights to and from Egypt amid mounting concern as to the cause of the weekend plane crash.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has followed the lead of the British government, which has suspended flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh, because the Russian jet that crashed on Saturday may have been brought down by an "explosive device".

The "precautionary" move is to allow time for a specialist British team to assess security arrangements in the Egyptian resort.

The IAA said it was directing Irish airline operators not to operate to or from Sharm el- Sheikh airport, or in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula airspace "until further notice".

The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising against all non-essential travel to Egypt, except in some tourists areas including Sharm el-Sheikh.

Irish Independent

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