In the wake of the ‘alleged’ bomb that blew up the Russian plane over Sinai, it has emerged that a Thomson jet carrying British tourists to Sharm was fired at by a rocket back in August.
The co-pilot was at the controls at the time and the rocket was spotted by the pilot. The jet took evasive action and came within ‘less than 1,000 ft’ of the approaching missile.
The 189 passengers weren’t told about the attack but the crew were so shaken up the were grounded in Sharm overnight to compose themselves.
The Department for Transport said it investigated the incident and concluded it was not a targeted attack.It said it was “likely to be connected to routine exercises being conducted by the Egyptian military in the area at the time”. The Egyptian military described that claim as ‘preposterous’.
Meanwhile, the Egyptians are playing silly buggers at Sharm and turning away planes flown out to repatriate holidaymakers.
My view is that I wouldn’t even consider going on holiday to a place in the centre of a war zone, where Islamic State are reported to be 20 miles up the road, and where the combatants are barbaric religious head cases who will stop at nothing to ‘kill the infidels’.
Did they fire a missile at a passing jet? Probably. Have there been other incidents like this that we don’t know about? I’d put money on it.
Is a cheap holiday in the sun worth risking your life over? Do I really have to answer that?..