US visa changes to affect mainly Russian independent travelers, says authorityBusiness & Economy August 21, 21:07
CAS upholds life ban for ex-president of Russian athleticsSport August 21, 20:03
Police confirms man shot dead in Subirats was Barcelona attack perpetratorWorld August 21, 19:50
Premiere for historical drama Matilda rescheduled for late OctoberSociety & Culture August 21, 19:45
Fire in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don fully containedWorld August 21, 19:37
Russia wins two golds on second day of 2017 Universiade in TaipeiSport August 21, 19:29
Washington’s new strategy in Afghanistan aimed against China, expert saysWorld August 21, 18:43
Russia settles last part of Soviet debtBusiness & Economy August 21, 18:37
Man wearing suicide belt shot dead near BarcelonaWorld August 21, 18:29
“We may help decode the data recorders to understand, for example, the conversations of the pilots, as they spoke French. We are also ready to provide any technical information on the plane, and a technical consultant has arrived with us,” Francois Ochard said in an interview with Channel One.
The French experts plan to stay in Russia for three or five days to provide assistance to the Russian official civil aviation authority, the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), which leads the investigation.
On Tuesday, three investigators from France’s BEA and two technical experts of Unijet, which owns the plane, arrived in Russia. They are accompanied by a representative of the French aircraft manufacturer, Dassault Aviation.The Falcon jet bound for Paris crashed at the moment of takeoff at Vnukovo-3 business aviation hub around midnight Moscow time on Monday (7.57 pm GMT) when it collided with a snowplow that happened to be on the runway.
The jet caught fire and fell onto the runway. Three crewmembers, all of them French citizens, and the only passenger, France’s oil giant Total CEO Christophe de Margerie, died in the crash.
Russian investigators on Tuesday accused senior airport officials of criminal negligence over a plane crash. They also confirmed that the snowplow operator was drunk.