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US: No Plans for Flight Advisory Change on Egypt’s Sinai After A321 Crash

© Sputnik / Maxim Grigoryev / Go to the photo bankAirbus A321 crash site in Egypt
Airbus A321 crash site in Egypt - Sputnik International
The US has no intentions to change its flight advisory regarding Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, according to a White House statement on Wednesday, following Saturday’s crash of a Russian jet that, as per several countries’ intelligence officials, may have been caused by extremist activity.

No US airlines regularly service Sharm el-Sheikh, and the US' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a flight advisory in March 2015 for the Egyptian peninsula, warning aircraft not to fly below 26,000 feet (7,900 meters) over Sinai because of the possibility of "anti-aircraft and shoulder-fired, man-portable air defense systems" and extremist activity.

"I'm not aware of any plans to update that specific advisory," White House spokesperson Josh Earnest told reporters.

This image released by the Prime Minister's office shows the tail of a Metrojet plane that crashed in Hassana Egypt, Friday, Oct. 31, 2015 - Sputnik International
US Intelligence: Metrojet A321 Likely Brought Down by Extremists
Authorities in Britain announced Wednesday that all flights from Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport en route to the United Kingdom would be delayed until security could be assessed, citing fears that the Russian jet could have been brought down by a bomb.

"We have become concerned that the plane may well have been brought down by an explosive device," reads a statement issued by the office of Prime Minister David Cameron.

Metrojet flight 9268, a Russian Kogalymavia Airbus A-321 passenger airliner, with 217 passengers and seven crew members on board, crashed in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt on Saturday leaving no survivors. An official cause for the crash has not been determined, though the tragedy has prompted rampant speculation with theories ranging from mechanical error to terrorist sabotage.

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