Investigators have recovered two of the three black boxes belonging to a Russian-made jetliner that crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran, Iran's state radio reported Thursday.
All 168 people aboard the Caspian Airlines aircraft bound for Yerevan, Armenia, on Wednesday were killed. The radio's report quoted chief investigator Ahmad Majidi as saying one of the two recovered boxes was damaged. It said the boxes — the plane's cockpit voice and flight data recorders — would likely be sent to the aircraft's Russian manufacturers for analysis.
The search for the third black box was continuing, Majidi said, The Associated Press reports.
According CNN, Caspian Airlines flight 7908 -- a Russian-made Tupolev Tu-154M -- plunged to the ground and disintegrated minutes into its flight from Tehran to the Armenian capital, Yerevan, officials said.
"If efforts to retrieve data from the boxes fail, they will be sent back to the country that has produced them so that they could be repaired in order to find the reason behind the crash," Transport Ministry official Ahmad Majidi said, according to Press TV.
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