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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Klebanov Prepares to Release Results of Tu-154 Crash Probe

Investigators searching for the cause of the crash of an airliner in Siberia have enough material to begin a final analysis of why the Tu-154 jet went down, Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov said.

Klebanov, head of the investigating commission, said investigators had all the necessary files to complete the analysis, Itar-Tass reported.

"In principle, we have approached the moment when we can announce the real causes of the air crash," he said Saturday at a news conference.

The Tu-154 jet belonging to the Vladivostokavia airline crashed Tuesday while trying to land at Irkutsk. The plane, carrying 136 passengers and nine crew members, was en route from Yekaterinburg to Vladivostok. It was to land in Irkutsk on a scheduled stop.

Klebanov said 127 of the 145 people aboard the aircraft had been identified by Saturday.

Funeral services were held in the Irkutsk region on Saturday for 10 residents of the city who were killed in the crash, Itar-Tass said.

Klebanov said the cause of the crash could be announced as early as Monday. But, he said, the commission will continue working since as well as establishing the cause, it was necessary to work out measures to prevent a recurrence of such accidents.