[There is lots of speculation in the media today that Metrojet flight 9268 was brought down by a Lockerbie-style bomb. What follows is excerpted from a report in the Mirror:]
Aviation expert Julian Bray believes a bomb was hidden in luggage, the same way terrorists brought down Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland
The “Lockerbie theory” is now thought to be the most likely explanation for the Metrojet disaster .
Aviation expert Julian Bray believes a bomb was hidden in luggage, the same way terrorists brought down Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988.
Mr Bray said: “I think it was an explosive device on board, something that was loaded into the luggage.
“If it was an incendiary device and it went off, it might have burst through part of the computer system.
"That could account for erratic movements in the air before [the plane] finally crashed.”
With debris spread over 20 square miles it is almost certain the plane broke up in midair. (...)
There was no heat trail from the ground, suggesting the plane was not hit by a missile fired from below, the theory soon after the attack.
Forensic experts said passengers sitting at the rear had shrapnel injuries and 90% burns after a blast blew off the tail wing. (...)
A bomb may also have been hidden in a food trolley.
Caterers who delivered food are being quizzed.
One theory is that a bomb could have been hidden in a food trolley delivered to the rear galley. (...)
A suicide bomber is a further theory as Egyptian airport security is often poor.
Nicholas Hair tweeted the day after the crash: “Security a bit lax at Sharm el Sheikh? Yeah.
"I set off a detector and the bloke told me to keep going so he could eat his dinner. For real."