Pilot of RA-85572 had full control of aircraft before crashing

Russian media reported that the pilot flying a Russian Defence Ministry Tupolev Tu-154 that crashed into the Black Sea on Dec. 25, 2016 had put the jet into a controlled descent shortly after take-off.

Simulations done by the military found that the airliner flew straight and level for 10 seconds before hitting the water. It only climbed to a high of 250 meters.

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