Russia says data from its downed jet is un-readable
DATA on the flight recorder of the Russian war plane downed by Turkey last month had proved un-readable.
BBC referring to a statement by the Russian Military said the memory chips from the Su-24 bomber downed on the Syrian border were destroyed or badly damaged.
The Russians had hoped to prove the plane never entered Turkish airspace, as claimed by Ankara.
The incident sparked a major bilateral crisis, with Russia imposing sanctions on Turkey.
The Russian military representatives presented their preliminary findings in Moscow yesterday, after opening the “black box” last Friday in the presence of international experts.
Some 13 of the 16 chips had been destroyed, while x-ray tests on the others showed extracting information would be impossible using normal methods.
Moscow has said further work will be done to see if other methods of retrieving the data are possible.
The Su-24 was shot down by F-16 fighters on 24 November,
Turkey insisted that the jet, ignored warnings to leave its airspace.
Both crew members ejected but the pilot was killed, apparently by militants on the ground while the navigator was rescued.
A Russian marine sent to rescue the crew was also killed and a helicopter destroyed on the ground.
Russia said the plane was shot down within Syrian airspace.