The Latest: Russia starts to study Black Sea flight recorder

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Posted: Dec 27, 2016 7:56 AM
The Latest: Russia starts to study Black Sea flight recorder

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a Russian military plane in the Black Sea (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

Russia's transport minister says investigators have begun to study one of the flight recorders from the plane that crashed into the Black Sea but says it's still "too early to speak" about what caused the crash.

All 92 people onboard the Russian military Tu-154 plane are believed to have died in Sunday's crash shortly after takeoff from the southern Russian city of Sochi.

Rescue workers early Tuesday found one of the flight recorders on the sea bed about a mile away from the shore.

Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov told Russian news agencies later Tuesday that the investigators studying one of the flight recorders have no information yet pointing to one just one theory about the cause.

Sokolov repeated, however, that Russian authorities have no information that would make them to believe it might have been a terror attack and they saw no possible security breach at Sochi's Adler airport.

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2:10 p.m.

Russia's defense ministry says a flight recorder of the Russian jet that crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday has not been seriously damaged.

Rescue workers early on Tuesday found one of the flight recorders on the sea bed about a mile away from the shore. All 92 people aboard the Syria-bound plane are believed to have died when it crashed two minutes after taking off from the southern Russian city of Sochi on Sunday.

The defense ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that the flight recorder, which has been flown to a ministry lab outside Moscow, did not sustain considerable damage. The ministry says experts will need to clean the black box in distilled water before they begin to retrieve data from it.

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12:45 p.m.

A decorated Russian test pilot says investigators could retrieve data from the flight recorder found at the scene of Sunday's plane crash later on Tuesday.

Magomed Tolboyev told the Interfax news agency that investigators could retrieve the first data from the Russian military's Tu-154 by the end of the day.

All 92 people aboard the plane are believed to have died Sunday morning when it crashed two minutes after taking off from the southern Russian city of Sochi.

The defense ministry said earlier on Tuesday that rescue workers found one of the black boxes in the Black Sea hours before dawn and that it has been flown to Moscow for immediate inspection.

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9:45 a.m.

Russia's defense ministry says rescue teams have found a flight recorder from the plane that crashed into the Black Sea over the weekend.

The ministry said in a statement that the flight recorder was found a mile from the shore early Tuesday morning. State television showed footage of rescue workers on an inflatable boat carrying a container with a bright orange object covered in water.

All 92 people aboard the Russian military's Tu-154 plane are believed to have died Sunday morning when it crashed two minutes after taking off from the southern Russian city of Sochi.

The 84 passengers included dozens of singers from Russia's world-famous military choir who were going to Russia's base in Syria to perform at a New Year's concert.