Investigators analyse recorders of burned Kolavia Tu-154

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Russian investigators have determined that the flight recorders of the Kolavia Tupolev Tu-154 destroyed in a fire at Surgut contain records of the event.

The Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) says that it has started analysing the information from the flight-data and cockpit-voice recorders.

It states that it is assessing the state of the aircraft's three Kuznetsov NK-8 engines, adding that all three were running at the time the blaze broke out on 1 January.

MAK says the weather conditions in Surgut, where temperatures have fallen to around minus 20°C, are "complicating" the inquiry. Investigators have constructed a heated tent over the wreckage.