Flight data recorder from the downed Sukhoi Su-24 bomber has been opened in Russia on December 18, TASS reported. The results of the expertise are to be announced December 21.
“The black box allows to record events of the last 20 hours of flight. The last flight of that Su-24 took about 40 minutes”, said Andrei Semenov, Head of the Flying Safety Department of Russia’s Armed Forces.
He explained there are 16 microchips in the device. “The memory box, specifically, three microchips, were damaged, so odds are some part of the flight data is lost”, Semenov said, adding that the chips must have been damaged both due to the bomber’s impact on the ground and because of the missile hitting the aircraft.
The crisis in Russian-Turkish relations began when Turkish F-16 fighter downed Russian bomber Sukhoi Su-24. The incident took place November 24. The aircraft fell in the Syrian province of Latakia, where Syrian government troops fight ISIS militants. One of the two Russian pilots perished in the crash.
Turkey insists that the Russian plane crossed the Syria-Turkey border and flied 4 km deep into the Turkish territory. Besides, the ground control center of Turkish anti-aircraft defense repeatedly warned Russian pilots of illegal crossing of the border, and only after multiple warnings, the aircraft was shot down.
After that, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on introducing trade sanctions against Turkey. The decree foresees banning of Turkish imports to Russia.