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    Doomed FlyDubai Flight Recorders ‘Significantly Damaged’

    Will they give up their secrets? The ‘black boxes’ for FlyDubai Flight 981, which disintegrated in a fireball with no survivors upon crashing at Russia’s Rostov-on-Don airport early Saturday, were quickly recovered, but with “significantly damage,” aviation officials said. The Boeing 737-800, originating in Dubai with 62 passengers and crew, circled for more than two hours in poor weather after an aborted landing, then pilots crashed near the runway on their second attempt. Now specialists from Russia, the United Arab Emirates and France are working on the recorders while the nation observes a day of mourning.

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