probing the loss of a Sibir Tupolev Tu-154M over the Black Sea on 4 October
have reached the initial conclusion that the aircraft was shot down by a
78 passengers and crew on board the flight from Tel Aviv to the Russian city of
Novosibirsk died when the aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air.
a press conference to discuss progress on the investigation, held in the
Russian Black Sea coastal city of Sochi today, Russian Government security
council secretary Vladimir Rushaylo is reported in Russian media as saying:
“Based on the conclusions of Ukrainian armed forces specialists, the technical
commissions and Russian Interstate Aviation Committee MAK, we draw the
preliminary conclusion that the reason for the crash of the aircraft could be
accidental damage from a S-200 missile during exercises by the Ukrainian
and Ukrainian officials had distanced themselves from a US-initiated suggestion
that the aircraft had been brought down accidentally by the Ukrainian military
during exercises, but fragments of recovered aircraft wreckage have provided
strong evidence of a missile blast.
has responded cautiously to the announcement, saying that it requires more
details from the investigating body before it decides on any course of action.
a statement the airline says: “Sibir is not intending to present any judicial
actions to anyone until the official conclusion of the state investigation
commission regarding the loss of the aircraft clearly indicates precisely to
whom the surface-to-air missile which brought down the aircraft belonged.”