Investigators examine black boxes recovered from Tu-204 crash

Russian investigators are examining evidence from the two black boxes recovered from a Tu-204 jet which crashed during landing in Moscow on Saturday after returning from Pardubice in the Czech Republic. Four people from the eight-person crew died in the crash or shortly afterwards; a fifth person succumbed to injuries on Sunday; three remain in hospital with serious injuries. There were no others on board the medium-sized jet which normally carries up to 210 people. The pilots made several attempts to land before the crash: a faulty braking system may have played a role. During the unsuccessful landing the plane departed the runway and crashed through a barricade separating the airfield from a nearby highway. The plane broke into three parts and burst into flames. A Russian tabloid cited a witness who said the plane had been billowing smoke even before the crash.

Author: Jan Velinger