To some of us, there doesn’t seem to be much mystery about the crash of a demonstrator Sukhoi Superjet 100 in Indonesia just over two weeks ago.
The pilot requested permission to descend too low, and then in poor visibility experienced a ‘controlled flight into terrain’ – or, in layman’s terms, he accidentally flew his plane into the side of a mountain. Ooops.
But Russian military intelligence has a different view of things. Oh yes. Refusing to accept that a Russian pilot would be capable of making such an error, they are suggesting that some type of US industrial sabotage was the cause of the crash, echoing earlier claims over the last year or so that maybe the US has used lasers and other means to sabotage failed satellite launches, too.
The really worrying thing? Some of these people doubtless truly believe this claim. And they have nuclear weapons.
More details here.