The flight data recorder from the Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber, which was shot down by a Turkish fighter jet on Nov. 24, was damaged, but specialists hope to be able to decode its information using specialized equipment, Russian Aerospace Forces Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Sergei Dronov said.
"The outward condition of the flight data recorder makes it possible to suggest today that the flight information will be copied in accordance with the existing documents," Dronov said in a press briefing in Moscow on Friday.
Specialized equipment will be used to decode data from the black box, he added.
For his part, Lt. Gen. Sergei Bainetov, deputy chief of the Russian Armed Forces' flight safety service, said that experts' examination would center on the solid-state emergency onboard recorder.
This study will be supervised by the chairman of the commission investigating the Su-24 incident Col. Nikolai Primak, who has been appointed by the Russian defense minister's decree.
The Su-24 flight data recorder will be examined by specialists from the Smolensk-based Izmeritel plant, which manufactured the plane's solid-state emergency onboard recorder, as well as specialists from the Topaz enterprise, which developed its software, Bainetov said.
"The goal of the study is to restore and decode the information recorded during the Su-24 plane's flight on Nov. 24, 2015, as well as to analyze the flight information registered by the recorder and reconstruct the aircraft's flight path," he added.
Journalists will be able to see the process of restoring, decoding and processing the flight data from the Su-24 black box, Bainetov said.
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