SU-24 data recorders "unreadable"

SU-24 data recorders "unreadable"
By Euronews with Reuters
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Inquiry could take a "long time"

  • SU-24 black box “too damaged” to be of use
  • Impossible to restore or read
  • Jet downed by Turkey over Syrian border
  • Pilot killed, navigator survived
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Russian investigators say the black box from a military jet shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border last month is too damaged to be of any use.

Experts say restoring and reading data from the SU-24 jet’s flight recorders will not be possible.

#Russia says black box of Su-24M combat jet downed by #Turkey is damaged https://t.co/gIf9Hp5ZiUcavokbr</a> <a href="https://t.co/YFbaKK2Pre">pic.twitter.com/YFbaKK2Pre</a></p>&mdash; Anderson LaMarca (AndersonLaMarca) December 18, 2015

Russia opens black box of jet downed by Turkey https://t.co/CzDMFr9kOSpic.twitter.com/QrJxRNu7D1

— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) December 18, 2015

The commission investigating the circumstances leading to the crash says it will seek help from specialised scientific institutions in Russia, adding that this may take a long time.

Why did the jet crash?

Black box from Russian jet shot down by #Turkey is damaged, #Russia Defence Ministry says
https://t.co/VsAfQNyUMMpic.twitter.com/4sDVNkJch1

— ABC News (@abcnews) December 18, 2015

The jet was shot down by F-16 fighters on November 24th.

The downing of the plane has plunged relations between Russia and Turkey into a deep crisis.

Ankara claims the aircraft was in Turkish airspace.

Russia insists it was in Syrian airspace. Moscow has demanded an apology from Ankara and has imposed a range of potentially costly sanctions.

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