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Domenica, 25 Dicembre 2016 15:56

Russian military plane crashes into Black Sea - no survivors found

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A Russian defence ministry plane, carrying 92 people on route to Syria, has crashed into the Black Sea near Sochi.

Fragments of the plane and several bodies have been found, with no reports of survivors.

Pieces of debris were fould 1.5 kilometres from the coastal city of Sochi at a depth of 50-70 metres, the defence ministry said.

The Tupolev-154 was carrying mainly musicians from the famed Alexandrov Ensemble (previously known as the Red Army Choir). They were on route to the Khmeimim air base near Latakia for a new year concert.

Most of the 84 passengers were members of the choir, along with nine journalists.

Charity activist Dr. Elizaveta Glinka was also among those on board, the Presidential Council for Human Rights confirmed.

Eight crew members were on the plane.

The defence ministry have published a //function.mil.ru/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12106925@egNews" target="_blank">passenger list online, along with a hotline number for information: (Ru) 8-800-100-18-86.

The TU-154 disappeared from radar a few minutes minutes after taking off near Sochi, where it had stopped to refuel, at 2.40 GMT.

Viktor Ozerov, head of the Russian parliament’s defence committee said he “totally excludes” terrorism as a cause of the crash, Russian media reported, adding that technical malfunction or crew error are among the possible causes. (Sarah Chappell - Euronews)

 

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