Russian military planes have targeted the Al-Nusra-controlled area of Syria’s Idlib province where a Su-25 jet was earlier downed by militants, the Russian Defence Ministry said.
The military conducted “a massive precision weapon strike… on areas controlled by the Al-Nusra [terrorist] group,” the ministry said in a statement.
Moscow confirmed Saturday that a Russian Su-25 jet crashed in Idlib province, probably shot down by a man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD). The pilot ejected, but was killed by militants on the ground, the ministry said. rt.com
Terrorism has not been ruled out as the cause of the crash, but it is not a primary line of investigation, the air force’s deputy head of flight safety, Sergey Bainetov, told the state-run TASS news agency.
A full investigation into the reason the Russian Tu-154 plane crashed into the Black Sea will take some time, but preliminary results point to an equipment malfunction, Russia’s transport minister told journalists.
Flight recorders revealed no evidence of an explosion on board a Russian plane that crashed into the Black Sea, killing all 92 on board, but investigators haven’t ruled out foul play, a military official said Thursday.
More than 60 passengers were members of the military’s Aleksandrov song-and-dance ensemble, also known as the Red Army Choir, which was to perform for Russian servicemen deployed in Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad’s government in the war there.
“After deciphering the first flight recorder we have made a conclusion that there was no explosion on board”, Bainetov said at a news conference.
“But this isn’t the only type of terrorist act.it could have been any type of mechanical impact, so we don’t rule out a terrorist act”, Mr Bainetov said.
“A terror attack doesn’t always involve an explosion”, he said.
“The four main versions are an engine being hit by a foreign object, substandard fuel that caused the loss of thrust on and eventually stopped the engines, the pilot’s mistake and the plane’s technical failure”, Russia’s Federal Security Service said in a statement earlier.
“At a press conference in Moscow, Russian Transportation Minister Maxim Sokolov declared the main phase of the search-and-recovery effort complete”.
Both black boxes – the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder – have been recovered and are being studied. Teams have found 2,000 fragments of the plane, 19 bodies and 230 body parts, Sputnik reported.
The Russian military also added that the divers had found two elements of the plane’s control mechanism.
The plane that crashed Sunday was built in 1983 and underwent factory checkups and maintenance in 2014, and earlier this year.
The piece did not go down well with Russian Federation where the Defence Ministry’s spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov in a statement said: “It is degrading for any human being to even pay attention to such a poorly-created abomination”, Sputniknews reported. hsunews.com
The mid-air explosion of a Russian jetliner over the Sinai desert last month that killed all 224 people on board was the result of a terrorist attack, Russia’s chief intelligence officer said Tuesday.
At a meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin, Federal Security Service head Alexander Bortnikov said that traces of explosives found in the plane’s wreckage indicated that an improvised explosive device had been detonated on board.
The statement marked the first time Russian authorities verified the crash was the work of terrorists. Western leaders, including President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, said just days after the Oct. 31 tragedy that a bomb may have been responsible. washingtonpost.com
Questions have been raised over the cause of Friday’s plane crash in which three members of the Bin Laden family were killed, given the aircraft had used the runway, which is fitted with hi-tech safety features, regularly in recent months.
The Saudi-registered Embraer Phenom 300 jet, which had departed from Milan’s Malpensa airport, was attempting to land at Blackbushe airport on the Hampshire/Surrey border when it crashed on to dozens of vehicles parked at a car auction site close to the runway.
The £7m state-of-the-art plane, equipped with fly-by-wire electronic system that is supposed to make it easy to control, was a regular visitor to the airport, according to pilots who use Blackbushe. It was attempting a landing in near perfect conditions on a runway that was fitted with precision approach pathway indicators (Papis).
The four indicators, which can be seen from more than half a mile away, all flash white if the pilot is coming in too high and red if too low. “It doesn’t make sense to me as an ordinary pilot why something that advanced and easy to fly would bury itself in the auction ground at the end of such a long runway,” said Simon Moores, a flight instructor and pilot who has flown from Blackbushe many times. theguardian.com
The Russian Investigative Committee has identified a key witness to the MH17 crash in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region. He is Evgeny Agapov, an aviation armaments mechanic in the Ukrainian Air Force. The man is currently under Russian state protection. rt.com
A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 295 people aboard was likely shot down by an antiaircraft missile before it crashed and burned on Thursday in an eastern Ukraine wheat field near the Russian border, in an area roiled by fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces.
Ukrainian officials called the crash an act of terrorism Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., speaking in Detroit, said the plane “apparently has been shot down. Shot down, not an accident. Blown out of the sky.”
“This is truly a grave situation,” he said. “Nearly 300 souls have been lost. The families need consolation and our prayers and many questions need to be answered. And we’ll get those answers and we’ll take action accordingly.” He added: “It’s important we get to the bottom of this sooner than later because of the possible repercussions that can flow beyond from this beyond the tragic loss of life.”
Urkaine’s president, Petro O.Poroshenko said in a statement that he was calling for an immediate investigation of the crash of the plane, which was en route to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from Amsterdam. There were no reported survivors among the 280 passengers and 15 crew members. nytimes.com
Rockefeller Great-Grandson Dies After Small Plane Goes Down…
A member of the Rockefeller family has died in a small plane crash near Westchester County Airport, a family spokesman has confirmed. CBS 2’s John Slattery reports.
The Rockefeller family, after celebrating the 99th birthday of its billionaire patriarch David, is now planning a funeral for his doctor son after a morning plane wreck.
Richard Rockefeller died at the controls of his private Piper Meridian PA-46 when the single-engine craft crashed Friday in miserable weather conditions minutes after takeoff at Westchester County Airport.
Dr. Richard Rockefeller, 65, was killed in the crash, authorities say. Jason Kempin/WireImage Dr. Richard Rockefeller, 65, was killed in the crash, authorities say.
Though several other flights were canceled due to the rain, fog and poor visibility, veteran pilot Rockefeller opted to take off at 8:08 a.m. from Runway 16 — and quickly dropped off the radar, authorities said. nydailynews.com
Armed forces suffer heaviest loss since rebellion began when Ilyushin-76 transport plane is destroyed near the eastern city of Luhansk. Ukraine’s new president vowed to “punish” pro-Russian insurgents on Saturday after they shot down a transport aircraft, killing 49 people in the bloodiest loss for the security forces since the rebellion began. The Ilyushin-76 (IL-76) was destroyed as it came in to land at Luhansk airport shortly before 1am local time. Footage from a CCTV camera shows an explosion lighting up the night sky over the city, followed by a second detonation apparently caused by the plane hitting the ground. There is no sign of anti-aircraft gunfire in the sequence. Footage taken from a second camera then shows a fire burning fiercely on the ground, apparently from the site of the crash outside Luhansk. This evidence has not been independently verified, but it would be consistent with the plane being destroyed by a shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile. telegraph.co.uk