The black box of the Russian Su-24 war plane that was shot down by Turkey on November 24, is to be studied by experts from China and the UK, Liet. Gen, Sergei Dronov (Deputy Head of Russian Aerospace Forces) said during a media briefing on Friday.
The preliminary results of the study are to be revealed on Monday 21 December; the evidence is expected to be controversial as it sheds light on the incident that killed Russian pilot, Oleg Peshkov. Peshkov, who left behind a wife and two children, was shot down by Turkmen rebels whilst attempting to Parachute to safety.
“We do have proof that the Russian Su-24 did not violate Turkish air space”, Dronov added. This proof is corroborated by both Russian and Syrian defence officials by the use of radar and satellite recordings.
According to the commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces, Viktor Bondarev, the Turkish F-16 responsible for downing the Su-24 plane was in Syrian airspace when shooting it down.
“In line with air defense means objective control materials, the Turkish plane was in Syria’s airspace for 40 seconds and flew two kilometres inside its territory, wheras the Russian bomber did not violate the state border of Turkey”, Bondarev said.
The black box study results are expected to confirm Russia and Syria’s statements.