Well; it was an old plane. . .and 'unwise' to put it nicely, to have Gov 'all on board'. That said; there were things at the time; that did speak well to Russian MO per the handling etc. of this landing. Perhaps they were just tempted to push it a bit?
Experts concluded, of course; that the plane that carried Ron Brown was in unavoidable crash. (Which given it's path into mountain; guess you could call it; unavoidable.)
Personally; a sceptic here; only by it's convenience to Russian agenda; but then; accidents that become a convenience happen.
(We have only to think of a recent 'convenience' to Obama,Inc/Left by Andrew Breitbart's death. . .i.e. 'heart failure'; though, of course; he died solo.)
As for Russians; have only to remember their pumping lethal gas/chemical into ventilation system; during Moscow Theater siege. . .and for the Russian Media; only slightly different Government MO - so far, anyway - in that Russian Government, permanently silences their critical voices.
And, as well; beyond the Moscow Theater debaucle - if anyone doubts Russian 'fortitude' - there was the Beslan School siege ;whereby more than three-hundred and fifty people were killed; just less than half, were children. It was essentially, a massacre. . .but they had their reasons.
Of course, Russian history littered with such stats; and not to say; our Lefties do not have a few of their own, here and as well. Just not a 'general MO'. . .could easily change of course. Might just take 'four more years'. . .