Thursday, May 25, 2017

Commission begins investigation into Su-24 crash

A special commission has been sent to the Chelyabinsk region to investigate the crash of an Su-24 bomber.

Specialists of the main committee of the Air Force, defense sector representatives and other experts were sent as part of the commission, according to Yarolsav Roshchupkin, an aide to the commander of the Central Military District, Itar-Tass reports.

The Su-24 crashed on October 30, 67 kilometers southwest of the Shagol airfield in the Chelyabinsk region. The crash was due to the loss of the plane's transparent radome.

The plane's pilots attempted to make an emergency landed and, after that failed, they decided to direct the falling plane away from settlements, ejecting before the crash, the ministry said.

The plane's flight data recorder had been found in good condition, according to Itar-Tass.

The Sukhoi design bureau designed the Su-24M in the 1960s. It was added to the Air Force's arsenal in 1985. The maximum takeoff mass of the vehicle is 40 tons and it has a maximum speed of 2,300 km/h, a range of 4,300 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 17,500 meters. It can carry eight tons of ammunition.