Defense 99 percent sure the cause of the crash of Tu-154, said Shoigu

© RIA Novosti / MOE Opperate in photomacrography of the Tu-154, crashed over the Black sea off the coast of Sochi. Archival photoDefense 99 percent sure the cause of the crash of Tu-154, said Shoigu© RIA Novosti / MOE Opperate the image Bank

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told about the investigation into the crash of Tu-154 over the Black sea. According to him, the search operation at the scene has been completed and the basic version of the incident will be named in the near future.

Tu-154 taking off in Syria from Moscow, crashed shortly after refueling in Sochi on the 25th of December 2016. On Board were 92 people, including 64 artist of the Alexandrov ensemble, nine employees of the Russian TV channels, as well as the head of the charity Fund «Fair aid» Elizaveta Glinka (Dr. Lisa).

Among other things, as a version was considered a terrorist attack on Board the ship, however, the intelligence almost immediately ruled out such a possibility.

How goes the investigation

According to Shoigu, the military is almost set of causes of the tragedy.

«We are extremely interested in it and approach this with such great delicacy… There is 99 percent confidence that we have a version of the causes of the disaster. But this one percent that you want to be absolutely confident and honest in front of everyone,» said the Minister, speaking at the government hour in the Federation Council.

According to him, the military does not want to jump to conclusions, unlike the media, who in recent months made with a sensational material about the causes of the crash.

«I think we will probably get the latest data and announced the final version», — said the head of the defense Ministry.

«We’re just a few weeks ago completed a job there… on the spot, work in the waters to find all the necessary details,» — said Shoigu.Thus the interlocutor of the Agency noted that the final completion date of the investigation are still unknown.

«This (extension of the investigation — ed.) does not mean that on June 25 the investigation is completed. A complicated matter, so no need to rush investigators as they work in difficult mode,» — said the source RIA Novosti.

At the end of April, the official representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia Svetlana Petrenko has told to journalists that the reasons of the tragedy will be called only after all the necessary flying and technical expertise.

Rumors about the crash

Investigators have not yet spoken about the possible causes of the crash in the Black sea. In this version of the media diverge.

So, in April, it was reported that the tragedy happened because of the overload of the aircraft. The journalists argued that instead of regulatory 98 tons weight of the aircraft during takeoff allegedly amounted to more than 110 tons.

In the UK almost immediately refuted this information.

«Published in mass media hypotheses about the possible causes of the crash are not based on facts and are personal opinions of their authors», — stressed in the Department.

In March, the media also reported that the plane took off normally and then sat on the water «in a controlled flight under the control of the commander of the crew». Among the causes of the emergency, who called journalists «disorientation of the pilot in space.»

These data in the UK and denied, calling them «personal judgments of the authors».

In turn, the chief military Prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky called the findings of journalists «guesses».

«It’s more guesswork, the result have so far not come», — said the Prosecutor, adding that «when there are findings, then we’ll talk.»

Official information

Immediately after the collapse of the liner in the Ministry of defense said that the flight data recorders, raised from the water, allowed to significantly reduce the number of versions of what happened.

«At the beginning of the investigation of the accident, the Commission had adopted more than 15 versions of this incident. Upon retrieval of the recorders we reduced their number by half,» — said in late December, the head of security service of flights of aircraft of Armed forces the General-Lieutenant Sergey Bainetov, without specifying details.

Then, the office also noted the level of training of the pilots of the crashed Tu-154.

«In our assessment, the crew was ready to perform flight level of qualification consistent with the accomplishment of the flight tasks. Crew commander major (a novel) the wolves had plaque about 4 thousand hours on this type of plane — a thousand hours», — said Bainetov.

In General, the maximum altitude at which the plane rose, was about 250 meters, and speed — in the range of 360-370 miles per hour. Experts believe that the «special situation» on Board the ship lasted about ten seconds, after which the Tu-154 fell into the water. Defense 99 percent sure the cause of the crash of Tu-154, said Shoigu© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in photobacteria of the Tu-154 to Sochi