December 21, the experts opened “black box” of Russia Su-24, shot down by the Turkish air force on November 24 near Syrian border for violation of Turkey’s air space, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to TASS.
It turned out that only one of the memory microchips is in good condition – the crystal is intact, but the data extraction requires special techniques and is time-consuming, as told the deputy chief of aviation security service of the Russian Armed Forces Sergey Bainetov.
The black box was open on December 18. The study showed that the recorder was damaged significally, as Bainetov said.
Ministry officials explained the damages by saying that the black box was stored in the jet’s rear part, where the Turkish rocket hit.
“The study found that 13 of the 16 memory chip were completely destroyed, three chips – damaged severely”, – said the representative of the Ministry of Defense.
The only one chip with intact crystal is readable, but it require help from scientific institutions possessing advanced data retrieval and decoding technology, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.
“It requires quite a long time to accomplish this work, unfortunately. We will do everything possible for its success. We will inform you on the results of the investigation, on a regular basis”, – assured Bainetov.
It should be noted that according to the Deputy Commander of Russian Aerospace Defense Forces Sergey Dronov, Mr Liu Chang Wei from China and Mr Jonathan Gillespie from the United Kingdom agreed to take part in the investigation.
US citizens will also take part in the investigation of the incident.
“The president and vice president of the international society of investigating air accidents, US citizens Del Gandio and Ron Schleed, are also taking part in this effort,” Dronov said.
The Russian side is represented by Oleg Kalida, the head of flights safety service of Moscow’s helicopter plant and a veteran pilot who took part in combat operations of Su-24 jet.