Russia claims black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable
Russia’s Defence Ministry has announced that they were unable to retrieve information from the black box of one of it’s warplanes shot down by Turkey last month. The Kremlin had hoped that the data from the black box would support its claims of foul play.
Sergei Bainetov, Russian Air Force’s deputy head of flight safety has said that “retrieving the information and a read out of flight data … has proven to be impossible because of internal damage”. Bainetov claimed that 13 of the recorders 16 microchips had been destroyed; the rest were damaged – rendering the remaining data nearly useless. Russia has since sought assistance from scientific institutions to get something from the chips.
The downing of the Russian SU-24 fighter jet has been the most serious confrontation between Moscow and a NATO member in the last 50 years. Putin has since accused Turkey of “stabbing Russia in the back” while calling for retaliatory economic sanctions.