Russian military plane with 92 passengers crashed in Black Sea
A Russian military plane with 92 passengers on Sunday morning crashed in the Black Sea. The aircraft disappeared shortly after taking off from Sochi on the radar.
The Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft, had 84 passengers and 8 crew members on board. It is unlikely that there were any survivors, according to Russian media.
The fragments of the plane are approximately 1.5 km away from the coast found. The wreck lie at a depth of 50 to 70 metres.
The plane, belonging to the Russian ministry of Defence, was on the way to the Syrian province of Latakia. It is still unclear what happened.
On board were nine journalists and musicians of the Alexandrov Ensemble. The musicians were scheduled for a Nieuwjaarsoptreden on the Russian air base in Latakia, reports a spokesman of the Russian ministry of Emergency situations.
The unit disappeared around 5.20 am (local time) of the radar after a maneuver above the Black Sea. Then got air traffic controllers lost contact with the pilots.
There is now a large-scale search underway, is set in the region Krai Krasnodar. Ships and helicopters are used to search for the missing aircraft.
It seems, according to news agency RIA that the device has crashed due to a technical fault. News agency Interfax reports that no distress signal was sent. According to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, it is still too early to say what the cause of the crash.
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