WASHINGTON: The spectre of a ticking bomb in the belly of a commercial airliner has returned to haunt the airline industry after world leaders virtually confirmed that is what brought down the Russian airplane in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last Saturday.
President Obama on Thursday came close to backing British PM David Cameron’s assertion of the bomb theory even as Russia joined Britain in suspending flights from Egypt, particularly from the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Shaikh, which was the departure point for the doomed flight. “I don’t think we know yet,” Obama told the Seattle radio station KIRO in an interview. “Whenever you’ve got a plane crash, first of all you’ve got the tragedy, you-‘ve got making sure there’s an investigation on site. I think there is a possibility that there was a bomb on board. And we are taking that very seriously.”