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Flight Recorders Not Helping Russian Crash Probe

26 August 2004 -- A top Russian official says information extracted from the flight recorders of two planes that crashed in southern Russia are not revealing reliable information about the disasters.

"The flight recorders from the Tula region and near Rostov examined last night did not reveal any information. They turned off immediately, so we couldn't get any data out of them. This is probably the main reason to believe that something happened very fast and the crew wasn't able to send an emergency signal," Yakovlev said.

The two passenger jets crashed minutes apart on 24 August after taking off from the same airport in Moscow within an hour of each other. Eighty-nine people were killed.

Russian investigators continue to say that they are exploring all possible causes for the crashes.