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Originally posted by build319
Is Putins retreat in the mountain facility that has raised so much speculation? How does your friend come into this? Is he in the military over there?
Authorities said the Tu-134 was headed to the southern city of Volgograd, where Volga-Aviaexpress is based, while the plane that crashed in the Rostov region was flying to the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, where Putin is vacationing.
When Russia's U.N. Ambassador Andrey Denisov was told of the initial report of two near-simultaneous crashes, he said, "Now we have to see if there's terrorism."
In Washington, a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity Tuesday evening, said it was the understanding of American officials that the two Russian planes disappeared within four minutes of each other, which "in and of itself is suspicious."
Investigators probe Russia crashes
From CNN Correspondent Ryan Chilcote
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 Posted: 11:29 AM EDT (1529 GMT)
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russian officials have rushed the flight data recorders from two airliners back to Moscow, where they will be decoded for clues to explain the near-simultaneous crashes of the two passenger jets.
They said Wednesday they had uncovered no signs of terrorist acts, but added that the investigation continued both in Moscow and at the crash locations.
The two planes crashed within minutes of each other Tuesday night after departing Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, killing all aboard.
The United States too, three weeks after raising terror alerts in New York, Washington and New Jersey over a threat to its financial sector, has also instituted extra-special precautions. American security authorities decided to be on the safe side and act as though the Moscow hijackings were the start of a series in places other than Russia, especially in view of their timing – four days before Chechnya’s presidential election on Sunday, August 28 and five days before the Republican National Convention opens in New York to nominate President George W. Bush as party’s presidential candidate and Vice President Richard Cheney his running mate.
Al Qaeda has threatened to disrupt both events with violence.
No cause ruled out in Russian plane crashes: US
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WASHINGTON (AFP) - No possible cause has been ruled out in two near-simultaneous plane crashes in Russia that left 89 people dead, the US State Department said.
Russians Caught Between Unacceptable, Unbelievable
By Susan B. Glasser and Peter Finn
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, August 26, 2004; Page A14
MOSCOW, Aug. 25 -- A day after two Russian airliners fell from the sky, confusion over what happened reflected a country torn between skepticism that the government would tell the truth and concern about an airline industry so old and poorly maintained that two planes might go down by accident at the same time.
Both main theories about the crashes were nearly unbelievable.
Air experts doubt accident theory
Aviation experts say the circumstances of Russia's double air disaster look suspicious.
The odds on two airliners crashing almost simultaneously by accident after leaving the same airport are extremely slim, they say.
Originally posted by ThePrankMonkey
it's bush's fault. i said it yesterday so noone else would have to say it. thats why you're not getting any responses. i already took away the thunder!
One Russian Jet Sent Hijack Alert Before Crashing
Aug. 25--Russia went on high terror alert today after two passenger jets flying from a Moscow airport crashed at almost the same time -- with one reportedly sending a hijack SOS just before it went down.
The near-simultaneous air disasters killed at least 89 people and immediately sparked terror fears. Airports across Russia ratcheted up security, and President Vladimir Putin ordered the successor to the KGB -- the FSB -- to investigate.
"Now we have to see if there's terrorism," said Russia's UN ambassador, Andrey Denisov.
"The fact that both planes took off from one airport and disappeared from radars around the same time can show it was a planned action," a government source told the Interfax news agency. "In such [a] situation one could not exclude a terrorist act."
Originally posted by Aelita
Only one of the two planes was heading for Sochi. Before takeoff, both were serviced by the same maintenance team. This I find suspicious. It would be extremely easy for a technician to place a bomb right where it would cause a maximum damage.