Governmental Commission Members Examine Site Of Russian Airliner Crash

The members of a governmental commission headed by Vladimir Rushailo examined the site of the crash of the Russian airliner in the Black Sea area on Friday morning. "The commission began its work, and now we shall deal with facts only. No rumours, no conjectures, no versions," Russian Security Council Secretary Vladimir Rushailo told journalists before the take off. According to Rushailo, "here are the facts: 13 bodies recovered, relatives of the killed are coming." The Israeli side has sent an inquiry, and the Foreign Ministry is holding relevant negotiations. The governmental commission includes a special group monitoring the situation every three hours, the Security Council Secretary noted. Deputy Prosecutor-General Sergei Fredinsky is to examine the site. The crashed Tu-154 of the Russian Sibir airlines was flying from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk (West Siberia). The plane went down in pieces into the Black Sea about 180 kilometres off Sochi (a spa city). As a result, 78 people were killed - 66 passengers and 12 crew members. The Black Sea is 1 to 2.1 kilometres deep at the site of the tragedy.

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