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Experts retrieve data from crashed An-148 voice recorder

The passenger jet went missing minutes after taking off from Domodedovo airport

SOCHI, February 15. /TASS/. Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) specialists have by and large managed to retrieve data from the voice recorder of the Antonov-148 liner, which crashed near Moscow on February 11, Russia’s Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov told TASS on the sidelines of the Sochi Investment Forum on Thursday.

"In general, the data contained in the voice recorder has been retrieved. It will be taken into account in considering the causes of the crash by the IAC and the Investigative Committee," he said.

 IAC specialists have got the transcript from the cockpit voice recorder of the Antonov-148 airliner, which crashed near Moscow on February 11. It confirmed the data retrieved from the flight data recorder, the committee’s website said on Thursday.

"Deciphering and preliminary analysis of the audio have confirmed the information registered by the flight data recorder," the report said.

Earlier, the IAC said the data from the plane’s flight recorder had been recovered. As follows from the IAC specialists’ preliminary conclusions the crash might have been due to wrong speed parameters caused by ice on sensors. The IC said after getting preliminary findings from the IAC it would consider this factor alongside others.

The Investigative Committee has received from the Interstate Aviation Committee decoded data from the flight data recorders, Investigative Committee’s Spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko said on Monday.

"Interstate Aviation Commission’s data has been entered into the case files and is probed by the investigators," she said. "All circumstances of the tragedy will be established conclusively," only on the basis of comprehensive investigation, "following which the investigation will come up with the procedural judgement," Petrenko added.

A passenger liner Antonov-148 went missing en route from Moscow to Orsk on February 11 minutes after leaving Domodedovo airport. Its wreckage was soon spotted near the village of Stepanovskoye, the Ramenskoye District of the Moscow Region. None of the 71 passengers and crew on board survived.