“One of the main versions of the crash at the moment — any foreign objects in the engine,” — said the source. The source publication added that are still checked other versions, including the piloting error and technical malfunction occurred on Board.
Monday, December 26, the Federal security service (FSB) named the main version of the crash. This is getting into the engine foreign objects, poor quality fuel, resulting in loss of power and failure of the engines and the piloting error and technical malfunction of the plane, said the Center of public relations (TSOs) FSB of the message.
The day of the disaster, December 25, “Interfax” citing a source in the emergency services reported that as a priority version was adopted by the technical failure of the aircraft. The next day familiar with the situation the source said that the cause of Tu-154 crash could become an overload and equipment failure. The FSB Agency said that at the time the evidence of a terrorist attack that could happen on Board the Tu-154 was not detected.
As stated previously, the source TASS in the power structures, destroying the tail part may indicate that the commander wanted to land a plane on water. “The divers found fragments of the plane, from the wings to the tail section. According to preliminary data, the damage suggests that the commander wanted to land the plane in the water,” he said.
On Tuesday, December 27, the source told the Agency that during the search operation at the crash site of Tu-154 discovered one of the flight recorders. It has yet to raise to the surface, so the device status too early to say, said the Agency interlocutor. Two “black boxes” must be placed in the rear of the aircraft, which has already been discovered by divers.
The Tu-154 Russian defense Ministry, disappeared from radar screens on the morning of 25 December shortly after taking off from Sochi, where he had landed to refuel on the way to Latakia (Syria). The disaster killed all 92 people aboard: eight crew members and 84 passengers — the artists of the ensemble. Alexandrov, headed by artistic Director Valery Khalilov, nine employees of three TV channels, government officials, and the head of the Fund “Fair aid” Elizabeth Glinka.
As told “Kommersant” close to the investigation source, one of the eyewitnesses of the crash was an employee of the coast guard border troops of the FSB, which was at the time of the accident on a boat in the waters of Sochi. He saw the plane was down, like he was going to land on the sea. According to him, the ship was at low speed with unnaturally cocked upwards nose. This situation is a witness likened to a motorcycle, put a driver on the rear wheel. Then, he said, the plane touched the surface of the sea by the tail, which came off upon impact, crashed into the water and quickly sank.