The aircraft that crashed, Airbus A321 EI-ETJ
And, as Beckermann’s widow tells Charlie Croker in The Italian Job, “it wasn’t an accident” that at the time when the public’s support for the spooks needs that vital shot in the arm, there it is all over the front pages of what still pretend to be papers of record. What those same papers are not telling is that whatever the spooks have discovered while listening in to Isis, or whatever they’re called this week, it has little relevance to spying in the UK.
That is, unless the contents of both the Flight Date Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of the Airbus A321 have been read back, and whatever they revealed has been passed on to British authorities - in which case, it’s got absolutely bugger all to do with whatever the spooks picked up while listening in to what may be nothing more than a bunch of Jihadist nutters somewhere out on the Sinai.
When was this “chatter” intercepted? If the intercept was made before the plane was brought down, the Russians will justifiably be bloody angry that nobody told them. Even if it was only made in the last couple of days, again, why are we not sharing it with them? It was, after all, more than 200 of their citizens who got killed on that flight. If it’s bad enough for Young Dave to wade in and stop flights to Sharm, it’s bad enough to share.