'Black boxes' of exploded Russian plane found

January 2, 2011 13:10

MOSCOW — Investigators in Russia said they have found the "black box" recorders from a passenger jet that caught fire and exploded as it taxied for takeoff in Siberia, killing three people.

The Interstate Aviation Committee, which oversees civil aviation in much of the former Soviet Union, said in a statement Sunday that the data and voice recorders from the Tu-154 had been recovered at the accident site in Surgut.The plane belonging to a regional airline was carrying 124 people when the fire broke out Saturday. Panicky passengers fought through thick smoke to get off the plane and most succeeded before the explosion.

At least 43 other people were injured, and Russian news reports said 30 of them remained hospitalized.

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