Black box from SU-24 Russian bomber unreadable

Russia's Defense Ministry has not been able to decipher the flight data recorder in the presence of international observers.

22 December 2015 10:00

The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that the "existing methods" cannot decipher the flight data recorder from the Su-24 bomber shot down by a Turkish jet, December 21 reported Sergei Bainetov, the Deputy Head of the Flight Security Service to the Russian Armed Forces, as cited by hromadske.tv.

According to the Russian military official, the black box recorder has a mechanical internal damage with a power cord having been hacked as a result of rocket hitting the bomber. All these left 13 of the 16 chips completely destroyed.

December 8, on the border with Turkey the Syrian military have found the flight recorder from the downed Russian bomber Su-24 and handed it over to Russia. Later, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has demonstrated it to the President Vladimir Putin.

The downing of the Russian SU-24 that violated Turkish airspace marked a nadir in relations between the two countries.