Moscow: A black box from a passenger jet
which crash landed at Moscow`s Domodedovo airport at the
weekend has still not been found, Kommersant newspaper
reported on Thursday, amid suspicion that it has been stolen.
Two black boxes that register flight data were
recovered by crash investigators, but a third, which records
flight crew conversations with the control tower, is still
missing five days after the accident, the paper said.
A criminal investigation may be launched if the
missing black box is not found, it said.
Two passengers were killed when the Tupolev-154, with
a total of 169 people aboard, crash landed and broke into
three sections beyond the runway. More than 80 passengers were
The Dagestan Airlines plane took off Saturday from
Moscow`s Vnukovo airport for Makhachkala, but minutes into the
flights the pilot reported two of its three engines had
The crash happened as the plane was attempting to
make an emergency landing at Domodedovo south of Moscow.
The plane was manufactured in 1992, but the carrier
said it was in perfect condition after a 2009 refit.
The Tu-154 became the staple passenger jet of the
Soviet Union after it went into production in 1954, but its
safety reputation has been tarnished by a number of accidents
in recent years.
The April 10 crash that killed Polish president
Lech Kaczynski and top officials near the Russian city of
Smolensk also involved a Tu-154.
Russia`s regional and charter companies often use
old, fuel-inefficient planes although the country`s larger
airlines have renovated their fleets and fly predominantly