Russia says Su-24 jet black box downed by Turkey damaged
Dec 18, Moscow: Russian investigators have said that the black box of the Russian Su-24 jet that was downed at the Turkey-Syria border last month was damaged.
The black box was officially opened in Moscow on Friday in front of journalists and diplomats. An analysis is expected to be released next week.
The ministry, however, said that special equipment can be used to decipher the flight recorder data and that the findings will be shared on December 21, according to TASS news agency.
Nikolai Primak, head of the Russian investigation, said flight information appeared to be missing.
Data from the box could help resolve the dispute over the jet's location when it was hit.
The downing of the jet plunged relations between Russia and Turkey into crisis, with Moscow imposing sanctions in response, BBC news said.
Turkey insists that the jet, from the Russian air contingent deployed in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad, ignored warnings to leave its airspace.
Russia said that it was shot down within Syrian airspace and President Vladimir Putin vented his anger at Turkey's government again on Thursday, accusing it of subservience to the US and of creeping Islamisation, news report said.
Putin also said that he did not see prospects of ties improving with Turkey, calling the jet downing 'an enemy act'.
The Oslo Times