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Russia plane crash: Attack not ruled out by investigators

December 29, 2016 4:06 pm

Investigators in Russia say they cannot rule out the possibility that an attack downed a jet over the Black Sea, with the loss of all 92 passengers and crew.

An external “mechanical impact” could have caused Sunday’s disaster, a flight safety official said, while confirming there had been no explosion.

But he added that it was just one of many theories, including technical failure and human error.

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The defence ministry airliner was bound for Syria at the time.

Russian media have published what they said was the pilots’ final conversation, reportedly transcribed from a flight recorder recovered from the wreckage.

It suggests that the Tu-154 jet’s wing flaps – panels which help lift an aircraft – were not moving together, causing the crew to lose control.

Analysis of the plane’s “black boxes” may not be completed until the end of January.

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