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  • Russian bombers passed aviation tower unnoticed

    10/08/2006 6:10:14 AM PDT · by Keflavik76 · 11 replies · 754+ views
    0/06/2006 | 12:34 Russian bombers passed aviation tower unnoticed The flight tower at Keflavík airport was seemingly unaware of two Russian bombers that flew through Icelandic airspace last Friday. This is claimed by Hjördís Gudmundsdóttir, press officer of the Icelandic Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCAA), although the Minister for Foreign Affairs has made claims to the contrary. RÚV online reports. Gudmundsdóttir says that the DCAA only registers aircraft that have their radars on, and this is not always the case with military aircraft. This was an unusual incident, as Icelandic aviation authorities are usually notified of military rehearsals near the...
  • Explosives found in second Russian plane

    10/22/2004 8:39:08 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 571+ views
    The News International ^ | October 22 2004
    MOSCOW: Experts have found explosives in both Russian jets, which crashed simultaneously this week, investigators said on Saturday, supporting theories that bombs downed the aircraft before elections in volatile Chechnya. The FSB security service said on Friday that search teams had turned up traces of explosives in the first of the planes, which crashed on Tuesday, killing 90. "Additional examination of the fragments of the Tu-134 aircraft which crashed on Tuesday ... has revealed traces of hexogen," an FSB spokesman said.
  • Dateline Moscow: Passengers refuse to fly with two women in black on board (Original title)

    10/03/2004 11:42:56 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 16 replies · 690+ views
    Pravda On-Line ^ | 09/23/2004 | staff writer
    Passengers refuse to fly with two women in black on board09/23/2004 13:51 Incidents when Russian passengers refuse to fly due to suspicious-looking females of Middle Eastern descent are becoming a norm these days. On September 1, the day of the Beslan tragedy, passengers of a Moscow-bound flight from Sharm el Sheih (Egypt) refused to fly with two Muslim women in traditional clothes onboard. This time, another flight from Moscow to Khurgada has been delayed. "Two Egyptian women were set to fly aboard a TU-154 airplane of "KrasAir" departing for Khurgada," stated RIA "Novosti"s" spokesman. A group of five students from...
  • Russia Charges 3 in Twin Plane Bombings

    09/24/2004 12:49:30 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 238+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | September 23 2004 | Associated Press
    MOSCOW - Prosecutors charged three people Friday in connection with last month's bombings of two Russian airliners, the Interfax news agency reported. The two planes blew up almost simultaneously on the night of Aug. 24, killing 90 people. It was the start of a series of deadly terrorist attacks blamed on Chechen rebels that killed nearly 440 people, including the school siege in the southern city of Beslan. Police Capt. Mikhail Artamonov, arrested earlier this month, was charged with negligence that led to fatalities, Interfax said, quoting prosecutors. Artamonov is accused of releasing the two women suspected of carrying bombs...
  • $49 bribe got terrorist on flight, all aboard killed

    09/17/2004 7:15:58 AM PDT · by dead · 11 replies · 1,551+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | September 17, 2004 | David Holley in Moscow
    A $49 bribe paved the way for suspected suicide bomber to get a seat on one of two Russian airliners that crashed last month, Russia's leading prosecutor said. The Prosecutor-General, Vladimir Ustinov, also revealed on Wednesday that both suspected bombers had been considered suspicious before boarding the aircraft, but the police officer responsible for searching them had failed to do so. General Ustinov also stressed that corruption was a nationwide problem. "We have checked how the anti-corruption law is enforced in regional government bodies. The picture is assuming a dangerous shape," he said. "The inspection uncovered 22,000 such violations, including...
  • Two Arrested on Suspicion of Involvement in Russian Plane Crashes

    09/07/2004 11:27:32 AM PDT · by ohioconservative · 11 replies · 491+ views
    AP | 09-07-04
    MOSCOW (AP) - Russian authorities have arrested two people suspected of involvement in the attacks on two Russian planes that crashed nearly simultaneously after explosions on board two weeks ago, killing all 90 people on board, prosecutors said Tuesday. The Russian prosecutor general's office did not identify the detainees or say how they were thought to be involved. The Interfax news agency cited an unnamed source as saying one of the men is suspected of selling plane tickets to two Chechen woman believed to have carried out the Aug. 24 bombings. The man, originally from southern Russia's Krasnodar region, made...
  • Were Russian Planes Detonated by Al Qaeda Women Smuggling Bombs Inside Their Genitals?

    08/31/2004 1:09:57 PM PDT · by Warhead W-88 · 171 replies · 10,510+ views
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | August 31, 2004 | Ace of Spades HQ
    We now know the Russian planes were blown up by 1) women 2) from the toilets. This dovetails ominously with a six month old report from US intelligence that Al Qaeda was recruiting female terrorists to smuggle 8-12 ounces of explosives inside their vaginas, then extract them and assemble the bomb and detonate it from toilet. More here, including the likely effect on the racial profiling debate.
  • Al-Qaeda link to plane blasts: Putin

    08/31/2004 3:28:16 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 23 replies · 692+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 31st August 2004
    RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin today linked the downing last week of two passenger airliners to Al-Qaeda. He said this proved the presence of organised international terrorism on Russian soil. "The fact that an international terrorist organization linked to al-Qaeda took responsibility for the blowing up of two planes shows once again the link between destructive elements in Chechnya and international terrorism," Mr Putin said in Sochi, Russia. After talks with French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Mr Putin said Russia would continue to combat separatist forces in Chechnya. But he said Moscow was prepared "to continue dialogue...
  • Gov’t to help families of crash victims

    08/30/2004 8:37:43 PM PDT · by RussianConservative · 3 replies · 122+ views
    Russia Journal ^ | August 30, 2004
    MOSCOW - Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov assigned the Finance Ministry to prepare a decree on one-time payments to the relatives of those killed in Tuesday’s air crashes, he said at a meeting with Transport Minister Igor Levitin. For his part, Mr. Levitin said the Transport Ministry was negotiating with the heads of regional administrations and airline companies on the compensations. In particular, the administration of the Volgograd region said it would pay RUR 50,000 (about $1,712) for each crash victim who lived in the region. The Sibir airline company said it would transport the bodies of those who were...
  • Deadly Blast Mars Chechen Voting

    08/29/2004 11:34:20 AM PDT · by TexKat · 2 replies · 256+ views
    AP ^ | 8/29/04 | Deadly Blast Mars Chechen Voting
    GROZNY, Russia - Against a backdrop of war, squalor and terrorism, Chechens voted Sunday for a replacement for their assassinated president in a vote the Kremlin hopes will bring some stability to the violence-torn region. A man was killed when he attempted to blow up a polling station. Kremlin backing has made Chechnya's top police official, Maj. Gen. Alu Alkhanov, the unquestioned favorite in the race. Russian officials have warned that Chechen rebels might stage attacks to mar the voting — a danger highlighted by the near simultaneous crashes of two jetliners last week that killed 90 people. Traces of...
  • Bomb residue found in 2nd crash

    08/28/2004 10:50:04 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 204+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, August 29, 2004 | By David McHugh
    MOSCOW — Russian investigators found explosives residue on the wreckage of the second of two airliners that crashed minutes apart, a security spokesman said yesterday, adding to evidence that terrorists breached security at one of the country's most up-to-date airports. The announcement came as Chechens prepared to vote today on a successor to the late President Akhmad Kadyrov, who was assassinated May 9 in a bomb attack by Muslim separatists. Russian officials had warned of more attacks ahead of the election, and yesterday's finding fingered terrorism as the cause of the near simultaneous crashes of both planes on Tuesday.
  • Explosive traces found in Russian plane wreckage; extremists take responsibility

    08/28/2004 3:59:28 PM PDT · by Selene · 5 replies · 288+ views
    Sioux City Journal | 8/28/2004
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian officials said Friday they detected traces of a high explosive in the wreckage of one of two crashed jetliners, branding it the work of terrorists, while an Islamic group claimed its suicide attackers brought down both planes because of the war in Chechnya. At least one crash was "the result of a terrorist act," a spokesman for the Federal Security Service, Sergei Ignatchenko, told the ITAR-Tass news agency. In Washington, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said evidence was growing that both crashes "were acts of terrorism." Russia's leaders didn't speculate publicly about who might be responsible...
  • Explosives found in both crashed Russian jets [Russia examining Israeli security system]

    08/28/2004 8:14:12 AM PDT · by yonif · 3 replies · 429+ views
    SwissInfo ^ | 28.08.2004 | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Explosives have been found in the second of two Russian jets which crashed simultaneously this week killing 90 people, investigators say, having already announced the same discovery in the first aircraft. The latest finding, disclosed by the FSB security service, supported widely-held theories that both aircraft were downed by bombs days ahead of elections in volatile Chechnya. The FSB said on Friday explosives were found in the wreck of the other jet. "Additional examination of the fragments of the Tu-134 aircraft which crashed on Tuesday ... has revealed traces of hexogen," an FSB spokesman said by telephone...
  • Explosive Found in Wreckage of Second Russian Jet

    08/28/2004 5:55:32 AM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 140 replies · 3,401+ views
    ABC News ^ | 8/2/04
    Aug. 28, 2004 — MOSCOW (Reuters) - Explosives have been found in the wreckage of the second of two jets which crashed almost simultaneously this week, Russia's FSB security service said on Saturday. "Additional examination of the fragments of the Tu-134 aircraft which crashed Tuesday ... has revealed traces of hexogen," an FSB spokesman said by telephone. The FSB said Friday that hexogen, more widely known as RDX, had been found in the wreckage of the other plane which crashed Tuesday in southern Russia.
  • Pravda riddle: Islamic groups takes responsibility for the crashes

    08/28/2004 5:18:58 AM PDT · by joyful1 · 10 replies · 553+ views
    Pravda ^ | 8/27/2004 | Pravda
    Islamic groups takes responsibility for the crashes - 08/27/2004 21:58 Why do the news of traces of explosives and an Islamic group taking responsibility for the two Russian aircraft crashes not surprise me? I suspected as such from the very first because there was no other logical reasons for the crashes. Clearly, the trademark of terrorists was evident. I spoke to Moslem educator here in the US and he tells me this type of action is not, I repeat, is not according to the will of Allah. So let us knock off this use of the word Islamic alright? Why...
  • Chechnya 'Black Widows' linked to sabotage of Russian jets

    08/28/2004 3:32:55 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 31 replies · 1,075+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 28, 2004 | Julius Strauss
    Russian officials investigating the crashes of two passenger planes have discovered the remains of two Chechen women thought to be "Black Widows" - suicide bombers given that name because many have lost husbands in the war with Russia. Officials have also found traces of explosive in the wreckage of at least one of the planes, all but confirming the theory that the jets, which crashed on Tuesday night killing 90, were destroyed by terrorist attacks. Russian soldiers carry the coffin of a victim from the Tu-154 The loss of the two planes, which blew up three minutes apart, is the...
  • Flyers Unfazed by Mysterious Crashes

    08/27/2004 4:25:42 PM PDT · by Flavius · 2 replies · 269+ views
    moscow times ^ | Friday, August 27, 2004. Page 7. | By Lyuba Pronina
    As the nation observed a day of mourning for the 89 victims in Tuesday's dual plane crashes, the travel industry on Thursday barely registered a change in people's willingness to fly. "Our people are not subject to panic. If they are heading out on vacation, the majority will go," said Irina Tyurina, spokeswoman for the Russian Tourism Union. Airlines and tour agencies said they have had very few cancellations, if any. "We have had only two cancellations. Bookings are at the same levels as before," said Irina Savelyeva, general director of Alean, which specializes in domestic travel and sells package...
  • TU-134 and TU-154 were exploded from their toilets

    08/27/2004 3:48:28 PM PDT · by rang1995 · 255 replies · 5,997+ views
    pravda ^ | 8/27/04
    TU-134 and TU-154 were exploded from their toilets 08/27/2004 20:59 The preliminary results of the investigation of the crash of TU-134 and TU-154 gave the grounds to say that acts of terrorism took place. The pilots of both the planes gave SOS signals, the damages of both the planes were identical - their tails were torn in the air, and there were females whose relatives have no interest to their destiny, on both the planes... The Gazeta obtained the details of the preliminary investigation results of the planes crash. It was detected that shortly before the catastrophes, the pilots of...
  • Terrorism in at Least 1 Russian Plane Crash

    08/27/2004 12:23:13 PM PDT · by yonif · 7 replies · 513+ views
    KRON 4 ^ | August 27, 2004 | AP
    MOSCOW (AP) -- One of two Russian airliners that crashed nearly simultaneously was brought down by a terrorist act, officials said Friday, after finding traces of explosives in the plane's wreckage. An Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for the attack in a Web statement. The planes, with 90 people aboard, went down within 20 minutes of each other Tuesday night. In Washington, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said there was "mounting evidence" that both crashes "were acts of terrorism." Traces of the explosive hexogen were found in the remains of one of the planes, a Tu-154, security service spokesman Nikolai...
  • Moment of silence for Russian victims

    08/27/2004 12:08:34 PM PDT · by msp2004 · 27 replies · 491+ views
    This is just a question - I am wondering if we should have a moment of silence or something to pay respects to the Russian victims of this latest terrorist attack. At least before the world decided to hate the US they mourned with us over 9/11. I really feel like this incident in Russia is being downplayed. Don't blast me.. just a thought...
  • Experts Cite Blasts, Two Chechens in Double Plane Crashes

    08/27/2004 10:16:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies · 546+ views
    The Moscow News ^ | 8/27/04 | The Moscow News
    Police and FSB agents are investigating the role two Chechen women who boarded the planes that crashed in south Russia Tuesday may have had in possible explosions. Experts, meanwhile, cite evidence of small blasts at the rear of the planes. According to the Kommersant daily, the FSB has contacted regional Chechen police about S. Dzhebirkhanova, who boarded the Tu-154 and sat in the tail end, and Amanta Nagayeva, who boarded the Tu-134. Both women had apparently registered for the flights without giving their passport information, Kommersant reports, citing sources in the Sibir and VolgoAviaExpress airlines. No family members have contacted...
  • Russian Air Disaster Was Suicide Attack, According to U.S. Sources

    08/27/2004 9:41:16 AM PDT · by Dog Gone · 96 replies · 2,425+ views
    ABC News ^ | August 27, 2004
    Wreckage of a Tu-154 airliner is seen at a crash site near Gluboky in the Rostov region some 600 miles south of Moscow, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2004.(Sergei Venyavsky/AP Photo) — Suicide bombers, in precision attacks, destroyed two Russian domestic airlines, which killed 90 people Tuesday, U.S. sources told ABC News. Traces of explosives found in one of two downed Tupolev planes match explosives used in the 1999 bombing attacks of Moscow apartments by Chechen separatists, according to two U.S. government sources. These sources told ABC News that according to reports received by U.S. investigators in Moscow, suicide attacks are...
  • Russia Blames Terrorism for Downed Jet

    08/27/2004 8:58:02 AM PDT · by dmellody · 18 replies · 747+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 08/27/2004 | Jim Heintz
    Moscow - One of two Russian airliners that crashed nearly simultaneously was brought down by a terrorist act, officials said Friday, after finding traces of explosives in the plane's wreckage. A Web site connected to Islamic militants claimed the action was connected to Russia's fight against Chechen separatists.
  • Al-Qaeda claiming credit for 2 Russian airline crashes

    08/27/2004 1:54:13 AM PDT · by dennisw · 15 replies · 1,041+ views
    Coast to Coast | 8 27 2004 | Coast to Coast
    Heard on Coast to Coast w George Noury. Al-Q says they had team of 5 on each airplane
  • Explosives traces found on 1 of Russian planes

    08/27/2004 1:07:15 AM PDT · by Kornev · 57 replies · 2,333+ views
    cnn ^ | 8/27/04 | CNN
    Russian officials say traces of explosives have been found in wreckage of one of two crashed jetliners. Details soon.
  • Terrorists claim Russian Air crashes

    08/27/2004 12:25:21 AM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 4 replies · 351+ views
    Straits Times ^ | August 27, 2004 | AP
    Latest News | Updated Aug 27, 2.30 pm (Singapore time) http://straitstimes.com/latest/story/0,4390,269529,00.html? Militant group claims downing of Russian planes CAIRO - A claim of responsibility for the downing of two Russian planes appeared on a website known for militant Muslim comment on Friday. The statement, which accused Russians of killing Muslims in Chechnya, was signed 'The Islambouli Brigades'. A group with a similar name has claimed at least one previous attack, but the legitimacy of the group and the authenticity of such statements could not be verified. Advertisement Russian officials have said terrorism was the most likely cause of Tuesday's plane...
  • Jets were the work of terrorists!

    08/27/2004 12:14:53 AM PDT · by longfellow · 48 replies · 918+ views
    To: BREAKINGNEWS Subscribers Subject: FNC Alert MUSLIM WEB SITE POSTS CLAIM OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR DOWNING OF RUSSIAN JETS
  • Russia finds air crash explosive

    08/27/2004 7:49:17 AM PDT · by traumer · 28 replies · 803+ views
    BBC ^ | 27 August, 2004
    Traces of explosive have been found amid the wreckage of one of two Tupolev airliners that crashed on Tuesday, say Russian officials. The FSB security service said at least one of the almost simultaneous crashes was a "terrorist act". Details of the discovery came after an Islamic group claimed responsibility for the crashes in a website statement. Investigators are still working to decode the flight data recorders from the crashes, which left 89 people dead. Russian aviation officials have confirmed that one of the planes, a Sibir Airlines Tu-154, sent out a hijack alert just before it crashed, Russian media...
  • Militant Group Says It Downed Russian Jets

    08/27/2004 3:27:20 AM PDT · by The Raven · 94 replies · 4,356+ views
    newsday/ap ^ | 8/27/2004 | MAAMOUN YOUSSEF
    CAIRO, Egypt -- A claim of responsibility for the downing of two Russian planes appeared on a Web site known for militant Muslim comment Friday. The statement, which accused Russians of killing Muslims in Chechnya, was signed "the Islambouli Brigades." A group with a similar name has claimed at least one previous attack, but the legitimacy of the group and the authenticity of such statements could not be verified. Russian officials have said terrorism was the most likely cause of Tuesday's plane crashes, which killed 89 people. "We in the Islambouli Brigades announce that our holy warriors managed to hijack...
  • Russian Aviation Disaster Likely Caused By Terror

    08/26/2004 10:03:22 PM PDT · by MPWorldwide · 11 replies · 360+ views
    AP News - MyWay ^ | Aug 26, 9:40 PM (ET) | MARIA DANILOVA
    MOSCOW (AP) - A top Russian official acknowledged Thursday what many citizens already suspected - that terrorism was the most likely cause of two jetliners crashing minutes apart, a feeling reflected in a newspaper headline warning that "Russia now has a Sept. 11." A day after officials stressed there were many possibilities besides terrorism, presidential envoy Vladimir Yakovlev told Russia's ITAR-Tass news agency that the main theory "all the same remains terrorism." Yakovlev said the planes' flight recorders provide no clues to the disaster. He said both boxes had shut off abruptly without any indication of trouble, a sign U.S....
  • Russia's Crashes and Chechnya

    08/26/2004 10:28:03 AM PDT · by Gucho · 1 replies · 270+ views
    Commentary > The Monitor's View from the August 26, 2004 edition Russia's Crashes and Chechnya Two Russian passenger jets crashed within minutes of each other Tuesday night, one of them sending out a hijack or seizure signal just before crashing. This points strongly to terrorism - and potentially to separatist rebels in Russia's independence-minded province of Chechnya.
  • Eyewitnesses of plane crashes find dead bodies near their homes -

    08/26/2004 10:36:18 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 8 replies · 894+ views
    english.pravda.ru/ ^ | 08/26/2004 12:52
    Eyewitnesses of plane crashes find dead bodies near their homes - 08/26/2004 12:52 "I was shocked to see three passenger seats in my yard. Two people were sitting on them" A lot of recent publications in the Russian press have been devoted to the air crash, which took place in the country on Tuesday night. Mass media outlets published eyewitnesses' stories and the narrations of the rescuers, who worked on the crash sites. "Everything is mashed over there," police officer Yefremov said. "The hull of the plane is 500 meters far from its tail. There are no more fragments around....
  • Kremlin Crash Cover-Up Claim

    08/26/2004 5:18:44 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 719+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-27-2004 | Julius Strauss
    Kremlin crash cover-up claim By Julius Strauss in Moscow (Filed: 27/08/2004) The Kremlin faced growing accusations of a cover-up yesterday as Russian officials announced that the black boxes of two crashed passenger jets had failed to yield evidence of a terrorist attack. The two aircraft blew up and crashed within minutes of each other after take-off on Tuesday night, killing all 89 crew and passengers. An emergency crew inspects the crashed Tu-154 Russia's free media speculated that the security services were deliberately playing down suspicions of terrorism in an attempt to spare the Kremlin the embarrassment of admitting to serious...
  • Top Russian Official: Plane Terror Likely

    08/26/2004 3:20:19 PM PDT · by rang1995 · 17 replies · 570+ views
    AP ^ | 8/26/04 | MARIA DANILOVA
    MOSCOW - A top Russian official acknowledged on Thursday what many citizens already suspected — that terrorism was the most likely cause of two jetliners crashing minutes apart, a feeling reflected in a newspaper headline warning that “Russia now has a Sept. 11.” Just a day after officials stressed there were many possibilities besides terrorism, presidential envoy Vladimir Yakovlev told Russia’s ITAR-Tass news agency that the main theory “all the same remains terrorism.” He said the planes’ flight recorders had not provided any clues to the disaster. Additionally, Transport Minister Igor Levitin confirmed Sibir airlines’ report that its crew activated...
  • Top Russian Official: Plane Terror Likely

    08/26/2004 2:54:05 PM PDT · by Bobby777 · 12 replies · 524+ views
    Yahoo! News - Europe AP ^ | Thu, Aug 26, 2004 | By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press Writer
    MOSCOW - A top Russian official acknowledged on Thursday what many citizens already suspected — that terrorism was the most likely cause of two jetliners crashing minutes apart, a feeling reflected in a newspaper headline warning that "Russia now has a Sept. 11." Just a day after officials stressed there were many possibilities besides terrorism, presidential envoy Vladimir Yakovlev told Russia's ITAR-Tass news agency that the main theory "all the same remains terrorism." He said the planes' flight recorders had not provided any clues to the disaster. Additionally, Transport Minister Igor Levitin confirmed Sibir airlines' report that its crew activated...
  • Black Boxes Provide No Clues in Double Air Crash Riddle

    08/26/2004 8:19:54 AM PDT · by Gucho · 2 replies · 263+ views
    Flight recorders from the wreckage of two planes that crashed almost simultaneously in Russia have not revealed reliable information on the causes of the double disaster, a top Russian official said. Vladimir Yakovlev, the Russian president’s envoy for the southern region, where one of the planes crashed, said that the main theory about the catastrophe “remains terrorism,” the ITAR-Tass news agency said. Officials have said that several possibilities were being investigated as the cause of the crashes that killed 89 people late on Tuesday, including inferior fuel and human error and that they believed the planes’ “black box” recorders would...
  • Russia Mourns Dead in Air Crash, Questions Cause

    08/26/2004 12:14:30 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 3 replies · 253+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 26, 2004 | Nathan Pettingill
    Russia Mourns Dead in Air Crash, Questions CauseBy Nathan Pettingill UZLOVAYA, Russia (Reuters) - Russia on Thursday observed a day of mourning for at least 89 people who died in a mysterious double air disaster, which some fear could have been a terrorist attack ahead of a key election in rebel Chechnya. Flags flew half-mast and comedies were pulled from theaters and television schedules as relatives of those who died in the Tuesday's still unexplained plane disasters arrived at the crash sites to help identify the dead. Russian media scorned official statements that the two plane crashes within minutes of...
  • Russian Official: Flight Recorders From Plane Crashes Yield Little Info; Terrorism Leading Theory

    08/26/2004 6:29:29 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 18 replies · 730+ views
    Jim Heintz Associated Press Writer ^ | : Aug 26, 2004 | Jim Heintz Associated Press Writer
    MOSCOW (AP) - A top Russian official on Thursday said that flight recorders failed to provide reliable information about what brought down two jetliners nearly simultaneously, killing 89 people, but that terrorism remained a leading possibility. Vladimir Yakovlev, the Russian president's envoy for the southern region, where one of the planes crashed, said despite the lack of information, the main theory about the catastrophe "all the same remains terrorism," the ITAR-Tass news agency said. The apparent failure of the recorders to provide significant information could increase what appears to be rising suspicion among Russians that the crashes were terrorist acts....
  • Search for Russia crash clues

    08/25/2004 6:12:35 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 9 replies · 565+ views
    CNN ^ | August 25, 2004 | CNN Correspondent Ryan Chilcote
    Search for Russia crash cluesFrom CNN Correspondent Ryan Chilcote Wednesday, August 25, 2004 Posted: 5:09 PM EDT (2109 GMT) MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russian emergency workers are continuing to sift through twisted metal for clues about why two airliners crashed within minutes of each other, killing all 89 people aboard. Officials said one of the jets had sent a hijack distress signal after taking off from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport on Tuesday night, raising fears terrorists had struck. A spokesman for the Federal Security Service said Wednesday that while a preliminary investigation of the crash sites had not revealed evidence of...
  • Russian pilot sent hijack alert

    08/25/2004 1:14:33 PM PDT · by Shortwave · 31 replies · 1,483+ views
    Date: August 26 2004 The pilot of one of two Russian planes that crashed almost simultaneously had sent a hijack alert, raising fears of a terrorist attack. All 89 people on board the two passenger planes died.
  • Hunt for clues in Russia plane crashes

    08/25/2004 11:27:06 AM PDT · by yonif · 20 replies · 700+ views
    SwissInfo ^ | 25.08.2004 | Reuters
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Terrorism, human error or mechanical mishap could explain why two Russian planes crashed almost simultaneously, killing all 89 people on board, Russia's top investigator says. Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov told President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday he had no clear view of what happened to the planes, which took off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport late on Tuesday around an hour apart for two different destinations. They crashed within minutes of each other. "We are examining a number of versions, among them a terrorist act, and human and technical factors," Ustinov told Putin during a meeting with the heads...
  • Putin’s Sochi Residence Targeted by Hijacked Russian Plane (Caveat Lector!)

    08/25/2004 11:36:27 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 60 replies · 2,293+ views
    DEBKAfile ^ | August 25, 2004 | Special and Exclusive Report
    Russian president Vladimir Putin was faced with a tough dilemma early Wednesday, August 25: to shut down all of Russia’s airports and air space, or clear only the skies over the main cities, like Moscow and St. Petersburg, to prevent a 9/11 type assault. By morning it was apparent that the two airliners which crashed within minutes of each other after takeoff from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, one bound for Volgograd the second for the Black Sea resort of Sochi, had been hijacked by terrorists. None of the 89 people aboard survived. Among them were 5 members of Russia’s Federation of...
  • Chechens 'condemn' plane crashes

    08/25/2004 9:32:11 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 354+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | August 25 2004 | Reuters
    A London-based spokesman for the leader of Chechnya's main rebel group says it was not responsible for near-simultaneous air crashes in Russia which killed 89 people. Asked if his group was responsible for the crashes, Akhmed Zakayev, a spokesman for Chechnya's separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov, told Reuters in London: "Of course not." "To us any form of terrorism is absolutely unacceptable. We have condemned it and continue to condemn it," he said. Two Russian passenger planes crashed almost simultaneously late on Wednesday (AEST), killing all 89 people on board in what investigators said was probably a freak coincidence, but might...
  • Drudge Reporting Officials in Russia Say No Terrorist Act Associated with Russian plane crashes

    08/25/2004 7:55:09 AM PDT · by Lobbyist · 69 replies · 1,561+ views
    OFFICIAL: WRECKAGE FRAGMENTS SHOW 'NO TERRORIST ACT' IN RUSSIA PLANE CRASHES...
  • Understanding Aircraft Transponder Codes RE; Aeroflot Hijack/Explosion

    08/25/2004 5:30:07 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 30 replies · 1,537+ views
    2000+ hour pilot | MB26
    A quick backgrounder on aircraft transponder codes. All large aircraft and most small ones are equipped with a "radar transponder." This device has a control head in the cockpit. The pilot can set a four-digit code on the control head. That same code is then displayed on ground controllers' radar screen next to the blip for the aircraft. This is used to identify individual aircraft. For example, if controllers radio a pilot to set a transponder code, also called a “squawk,” of “5736” for a flight, those numbers then appear next to the airplane's blip on the ground radar. If...
  • Putin possible target of terror attack in Russia

    08/24/2004 11:32:43 PM PDT · by stlnative · 82 replies · 1,853+ views
    Maariv News Service ^ | 8/25/04 | Maariv News Service
    Putin possible target of terror attack in Russia Russian president currently vacationing near Sutchi, one of the hijacked planes destinations. 98 people feared dead in terror attack, black box recovered.
  • UPDATE 11-Two Russian Planes Crash, Attack Feared

    08/25/2004 3:44:35 AM PDT · by mondoman · 49 replies · 1,479+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 25, 2004 03:44 AM ET August 25, 2004 03:44 EST | Oliver Bullough
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two Russian passenger planes crashed almost simultaneously late on Tuesday killing all 90 on board, and security officials said they were investigating a possible terrorist attack. The planes disappeared from air traffic controllers' radar screens within minutes of each other and one, carrying 46 passengers and crew, sent a hijack alarm before crashing near the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. President Vladimir Putin ordered the FSB security service to investigate the crashes, which came before Sunday's presidential election in Chechnya where rebel separatists have threatened to disrupt the poll with violence. "The fact that both planes took...
  • Russian Plane Crashes, Another Disappears

    08/24/2004 8:59:53 PM PDT · by azgirl · 5 replies · 316+ views
    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040825/D84LUHB80.html
  • Wreckage of second missing [Russian] plane found

    08/24/2004 9:03:09 PM PDT · by Destro · 78 replies · 4,174+ views
    tvnz.co.nz ^ | Aug 25, 2004 | Reuters
    Wreckage of second missing plane found Aug 25, 2004 The wreckage of the second missing Russian plane has been found. Two planes crashed, each with 40 people on board. The planes were reported missing within minutes of each other late on Tuesday night, and Russian news agencies said President Vladimir Putin had ordered the FSB security service to investigate the incidents, something it would normally do only when there are suspicious circumstances. Witnesses saw an explosion on board one of the planes just before it crashed near Tula,150 km south of Moscow. Local news agencies reported that security had been...
  • 'Hijack signal' on missing plane

    08/24/2004 8:41:49 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 133 replies · 6,659+ views
    AAP ^ | August 24, 2004
    THE Russian plane that went missing around the time as another jet crashed issued a signal indicating a hijacking or seizure before disappearing from radar, the Interfax news agency has reported. The signal came at 11:04 pm yesterday (0404 AEST today) from the Tu-154 airliner that went missing in southern Russia's Rostov region, Interfax quoted a source in Russia's "power structures" as saying. Emergency workers were still searching for the plane hours after it disappeared from radar screens on a flight from Moscow to the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. The source said the signal was activated shortly...