WHILST reports are starting to emerge of a near-miss incident involving a Thomson plane carrying UK tourists to Sharm el-Sheikh having to avoid a missile some two months before the Russian jet crash in Egypt, Britons have started arriving in the UK from Sharm el-Sheikh.
Thousands of Britons who found themselves stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh after the Russian airbus disaster can now expect to be brought home on Saturday or Sunday.
The Department for Transport said 1,400 people had arrived back in the UK on eight flights on Friday, and further flights will continue throughout the weekend.
Flights into the UK were halted on Wednesday November 4, amid fears that the Russian passenger plane was brought down by a bomb.
The Russian Airbus A321, operated by Metrojet was flying from Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg when it suddenly lost speed and height (indicating factors other than mechanical problems) and crashed in Sinai last Saturday, killing all 224 people on board. Most of the victims were Russian.
French Investigators who are currently studying the Black Box data have primarily stated that, “the crash was not caused by technical failures,” and other French officials said the flight data recorder suggested a “violent, sudden” explosion.