The Black Box of the Su-24 Russian jet bomber that was shot down by Turkey over Syria has been opened by Russia’s Defense Ministry, and it looks to be damaged, making it hard to establish the facts surrounding last month’s attack.
The Mirror reports:
Moscow publicly opened the black box, a step it hopes will help confirm its claim that the jet did not stray into Turkish air space and was maliciously downed.
The November 24 incident prompted Russia to impose retaliatory economic sanctions on Turkey.
President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly accused Ankara of “stabbing Russia in the back”.
Turkey says the SU-24 fighter-bomber, part of Russia’s Syria-based strike force, strayed into its airspace and ignored repeated warnings to leave.
Russia says the plane did not leave Syria and posed no threat to Turkey – despite Moscow admitting to violating Turkish airspace in the past and being criticised by the UN over the incursions
The plane’s orange flight recorder was opened by Russian experts in Moscow today in front of reporters and diplomats.
Colonel Andrei Semonov said the device, located near the tail of the plane, had been damaged by the Turkish air-to-air missile as well as by the crash.
Some of its memory chips were visibly broken in places.
Officials said experts would try to analyse its contents over the weekend with the aid of special equipment before presenting their findings on Monday.
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