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Ultimate power behind the project: hard to say. Could be Russia, Israel, the Machiavellian CIA/NSA crowd.
Let's say the CIA. Then the plane was flown at wave tips and landed at Diego Garcia base south of the Maldives. The passengers and crew were of course liquidated.
At Diego Garcia the plane's fuselage would have an enormous EMP weapon inserted inside. The plane would be electronically and visually disguised as an Aeroflot commercial liner, or some other Russia-friendly nationality.The plane would be transformed into an autonomous drone.
The 777 can fly at very high altitudes for a commercial jet. Good altitude for an EMP detonation. Target? Maybe Ukraine, maybe Moscow, maybe Iran.
The trick is to confuse the enemy long enough to complete the mission.
If Russia is behind the project, then all the same tactics could be adjusted to destruction of Western interests. For instance, the entire Saudi refining capability could be taken out if instead of EMP, a hydrogen bomb were inserted in the plane.
If Russia, then where was the plane landed? Iran would have to be a player.