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Russia’s air crash enigma

The recorders extracted from the wreckage of two planes that crashed nearly simultaneously have not revealed reliable information on the disasters’ causes, a top Russian official was quoted as saying today.

Mr Vladimir Yakovlev, the Russian President’s envoy for the southern region, where one of the planes crashed, also said that the main theory about the catastrophe "all the same remains terrorism", the ITAR-Tass news agency said.

Mr Yakovlev later said on First Channel TV that the recorders "turned off immediately ... this is probably the main affirmation that something happened very fast", wrote Statesman.

According to the Moscow Times, on Wednesday, Sibir announced that someone inside the cabin of its Sochi-bound aircraft, which went down near Rostov-on-Don, sent a hijacking alert to ground control.

The plane's wreckage was strewn over a wide area, suggesting that the plane had blown up in the air, the airline said.

So far, Russian officials across the board have carefully avoided saying the possibility of terrorism was any more likely than any of the other possible explanations for the crashes, including bad weather, pilot error and contaminated fuel.

The authorities, however, were hammered in Russia's printed media on Thursday for failing to acknowledge the planes were, according to the newspapers, brought down by terrorists.

A spokesperson for Russia's FSB intelligence service said on Wednesday that investigators had so far found no evidence of terrorist involvement in the crashes, informs News24.

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