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    Investigators will not publish conversations of air traffic controllers and the crew of the French jet that crashed in Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on Monday night, a senior Russian air crash investigator said Thursday.

    Updated 7:45 p.m. Moscow Time

    MOSCOW, October 23 (RIA Novosti) – Investigators will not publish conversations of air traffic controllers and the crew of the French jet that crashed in Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night, a senior Russian air crash investigator said at a Thursday press briefing.

    "As far as the conversation between the crew and the tower is concerned, we are not planning to do this at the moment, as this is against the rules of the investigation," Sergei Zaiko, first deputy chief of the Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK), an air disaster investigation body in Russia and other ex-Soviet states, said.

    "However, the final report may include some extracts from the conversation of the crew and the air traffic controllers if they are useful for the main purpose of the investigation, for safer flights," he added.

    France has sent a team of experts to Russia to take part in the inquiry. One of the experts told RIA Novosti earlier on Thursday the deciphering of the jet's black boxes was over.

    A business jet departing for Paris crashed late Monday night at Moscow's Vnukovo-3 Airport after hitting a snowplow during takeoff. All four people on board, including CEO of French energy giant Total Christophe de Margerie and three crew members, died in the accident.

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