Crashed FlyDubai’s black boxes heavily damaged

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Russian emergency rescuer walks through wreckage of the flydubai passenger jet which crashed, killing all 62 people on board as it tried to land in bad weather in the city of Rostov-on-Don on March 19, 2016. (AFP)

Russian investigators said they can’t immediately read data from the flight recorders of a Dubai plane that crashed in southern Russia on Saturday, killing all 62 on board.

Sergei Zaiko, deputy chairman of the Inter-State Aviation Committee which investigates the crash, told Russian television on Monday that the black boxes have been damaged to the point that the experts could not immediately read the data.

He said, however, that they have copied data from the data recorder and have yet to do that for the voice recorder. Once it’s done, the experts will see if they can extract the data, he said.

FlyDubai’s Boeing 737-800 nosedived and exploded in a giant fireball before dawn on Saturday on the runway of Rostov-on-Don after trying to land for a second time in strong winds.