Plane Fears Strand Thousands of Tourists in Egypt

There've been some holdups
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2015 7:12 AM CST
Plane Fears Strand Thousands of Tourists in Egypt
British tourists board a bus to go back to a hotel after it was announced there would be no more evacuation flights departing the Sharm el-Sheikh airport on Friday.   (AP Photo/Vinciane Jacquet)

British PM David Cameron stopped flights to and from Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort city Wednesday as investigations continued into the crash of Flight 9268. Now the UK is scrambling to retrieve roughly 20,000 citizens from the Sinai Peninsula—a plan that Reuters says has been "thrown into chaos" by logistical holdups. The easyJet airline says Egypt has prevented at least seven of its rescue planes from landing in Sharm el-Sheikh, though two flights have been allowed out, the BBC reports. "The situation for UK flights in Sharm el-Sheik remains fluid," easyJet said in a statement, adding it was working with the British government "at the highest level" to resolve the situation, per Reuters.

Four other airlines that make direct flights between the locations report their planes should be able to come and go just fine, Reuters and the BBC note. Meanwhile, President Obama made remarks Thursday that were somewhat in line with Britain's thoughts on the plane crash. "I think there is a possibility that there was a bomb on board, and we're taking that very seriously," he said in a KIRO Radio interview, per NPR. Egypt and Russia note they haven't been given any intelligence involving a bomb from either the US or Britain, CNN reports. "I don't reject any conclusion. But I would only be able to assess that conclusion if information was to be shared," Egypt's foreign minister said on the network's The Situation Room, with a Kremlin statement noting that Vladimir Putin feels likewise. (More Britain stories.)

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