Flight recorder re­cov­ered from downed military plane

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SOCHI | In­ves­ti­ga­tors re­cov­ered the flight-data recorder from a crashed Rus­sian military plane Tues­day and be­gan re­view­ing its con­tents to learn why the jet went down mo­ments af­ter take­off, killing all 92 peo­ple aboard, in­clud­ing mem­bers of a fa­mous choir.

The Tu-154 crashed into the Black Sea early Sun­day two min­utes af­ter de­part­ing in good weather from the city of Sochi. The plane was car­ry­ing mem­bers of the Alexan­drov En­sem­ble, widely known as the Red Army Choir, to a New Year’s con­cert at a Rus­sian military base in Syria.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were look­ing into whether the crash might have been caused by bad fuel, pi­lot er­ror, equip­ment fail­ure or ob­jects stuck in the en­gines. The top Rus­sian in­ves­tiga­tive agency, known as the In­ves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee, said it had taken sam­ples from a fuel tank used to fill the plane, which flew from Moscow’s Chkalovsky military air­port and stopped in Sochi for re­fu­el­ing.

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