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UK Government Halts Flights Between UK and Sharm el-Sheikh

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The UK Government placed all flights between the UK and Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheik Airport (SSH) on hold Wednesday. Number 10 Downing Street, headquarters of the UK’s executive branch, said that this is a “precautionary measure” after “more information has come to light.”

This is following Saturday’s Russian-operated Metrojet A321 crashed about 20 minutes after departure, killing all 217 passengers and seven crew members on board.

A Metrojet A321 similar to the plane that crashed Wednesday.
A Metrojet A321 similar to the plane that crashed Saturday.

The release continued, “… As more information has come to light, we have become concerned that the plane may well have been brought down by an explosive device.” Since the release, the UK has sent aviation experts to the Egyptian airport to assess the security situation and are expected to conduct a complete investigation.

That being said, if you’re planning to travel from the UK to SSH in the near future, check with your airline to see if your flight is impacted by the hold.

H/T: Reuters

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