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YEKATERINBURG, October 31 (Itar-Tass) — An An-72 plane flew a special commission to the Chelyabinsk region on Wednesday which will investigate the crash of the Su-24 bomber. It comprises specialists of the main committee of the Air Force, defence sector representatives and other experts, Col Yarolsav Roshchupkin, an aide to the commander of the Central Military District, told Itar-Tass.
The Su-24 met with an accident 67 kilometers southwest of the Shagol airfield in the Chelyabinsk region on October 30. The Russian Defence Ministry said the crash had been caused by the loss of the plane's transparent radome.
After the unsuccessful attempt to make an emergency landing, the pilots decided to take the falling plane away from settlements and ejected in time, the Ministry said.
Earlier reports said the Su-24 flight data recorders had been found in good condition.
The Su-24M was developed by the Sukhoi design bureau in the 1960s. The bomber was added to the Air Force's arsenal in 1985. Its maximum takeoff mass is 40 tons and maximum speed is 2,300 km/h. It has a range of 4,300 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 17,500 meters. It can carry eight tons of ammunition.