We will inform the public about everything in due time. It is important to tell the citizens that the area of the aircraft crash is safe, said the Defence Minister Mario Banožić
On Sunday 13 March 2022, the Defence Minister Mario Banožić visited the unmanned aerial vehicle crash site in Zagreb. He has pointed out that the investigation is in the final phase, and that the black box of the aircraft has been found.
“The aircraft has been mostly taken out, and the investigation is in the final phase. We have received information that in some fragments there are elements of explosives and parts of an aerial bomb. That is the reason why a more careful method of removing the aircraft was used in order to eliminate any possible risks when pulling it out,” said the Defence Minister. He has pointed out that the investigation results will be compared with the results of the investigations conducted by NATO members.
Banožić has added that there are certain elements that could indicate the aircraft came from both Russia and Ukraine, and that the investigation will take some time.
“The investigation has so far shown that it is not a reconnaissance aircraft, and the found black box will reveal the flight path of the aircraft. All the data obtained will be compared with the results of the investigations conducted at the same time by NATO members. Based on the radar reflection, it will be reconstructed where the aircraft came from,” the Defence Minister explained.
It is about the Soviet-made aerial bomb which, like all the other parts of the aircraft, was taken for analysis.
“We will inform the public about everything in due time. It is important to tell the citizens that the area of the aircraft crash is safe. Members of the Croatian Armed Forces and the Ministry of the Interior will be at the scene until it is determined that all parts of the aircraft have been removed,” said the Defence Minister Mario Banožić.