Prominent Muslim spokesman Hussam Ayloush had pulled over his car to refuel on a trip from Southern California to visit family in Texas on Christmas Day when he had a thought.
A Russian military passenger jet en route to Syria had crashed in the Black Sea, he had learned earlier that morning, and after conducting a cursory search on the model he deduced that type of aircraft usually carries soldiers.
He posted a message to Facebook and Twitter, and drove off.
"I'm sad about the crashed Russian military jet. The TU-154 could have carried up to 180 military personnel instead of just 92!" the tweet read.