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Divers Recover Magnetic Tape From Crashed Tu-154's Missing Flight Data Recorder

© Photo : Russian Emergencies Ministry / Go to the photo bankEmergencies Ministry rescuers during a search operation at the crash site in the Black Sea near Sochi.
Emergencies Ministry rescuers during a search operation at the crash site in the Black Sea near Sochi. - Sputnik International
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According to a security services source, rescuers have recovered and passed to the military what they believe is film belonging to a third flight data recorder belonging to Russia's Tu-154 aircraft that crashed in the Black Sea.

Retrieved wreckage of the Tu-154 aircraft which crashed into the Black Sea near Sochi - Sputnik International
Main Phase of Tu-154 Search And Rescue Operation Over
MOSCOW (Sputnik)  Rescuers have recovered and passed to the military what they believe is film belonging to a third flight data recorder belonging to Russia's Tu-154 aircraft that crashed in the Black Sea, a security services source told RIA Novosti.

"A lot of film has been found, most likely from the third [black box]. The entire film is collected in a bucket and handed to the military," the source said Thursday.

The source said earlier that the third recorder has not yet been found. The first black box was sent to Moscow for decryption on Tuesday, while the Defense Ministry said Wednesday that a third black box has been lifted from the seabed.

The Tu-154 heading from Moscow to Syria crashed shortly after refueling and take-off from the Russian southern city of Adler, near Sochi, on Sunday.

It was carrying 92 people, including eight crew members, 64 musicians of the Alexandrov Ensemble, nine reporters, a renowned charity worker, and two federal civil servants.

A law enforcement source said Thursday the main phase of the search and rescue operation was over after all main fragments and 19 bodies have been recovered from the Black Sea.

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