Latest Update: Missing Russian military aircraft crashed into Black Sea
December 25, 2016 – Kathmandu
The Russian military plane which had disappeared from radar in the morning today at about 5:25 am two minutes after taking off from Adler in South Russia and was carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members has crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on with no reports of survivors. The aircraft had stopped in Adler to refuel and head towards Syria.
As per Russian news agencies, that those on board had practically no chance of being alive and that no life rafts had been found.
The jet, a Soviet-era design first introduced in the 1970s, had been carrying 84 passengers and eight crew members.
Nine Russian reporters had also been on board as well as military servicemen.
The fragments of the plane had been found at a depth of about 70 meter (yards) in the Black Sea about 1.5 km (1 mile) off the coast near the city of Sochi.
The search operation is continuing and four ships, five helicopters and a drone are working in the area.
Six bodies had already been recovered from the sea.
According to a Russian news agency, preliminary information indicated that the plane had crashed because of a technical malfunction or a pilot error.