By The Sun, photo by Tim Ockenden/PA Wire
BRITISH Airways has secretly told pilots to stop low flying over Egypt amid terror attack fears.
The warning came before 224 died in yesterday’s Russian plane crash. IS terrorists made claims they downed the flight from Sharm el-Sheikh.
Thousands of Brits jet to resorts in Egypt and to the Middle East. BA says it will continue to fly to Sharm el-Sheik three times a week.
The Notice to Airmen (Notam) highlights the risk to planes flying below 25,000ft, seen as the maximum height for a shoulder-launched missile.
Hundreds of Egyptian security forces have been killed fighting IS in Sinai, where the plane crashed yesterday.
The Notam was issued in August. A pilot source said: “Below 25,000ft you would be a sitting duck for any terrorist.’’
BA said: “The safety and security of our customers and crew is our priority. We conduct very detailed risk assessments into every route we operate.’’