All 92 on board Russian Military Jet Killed in Crash

Published On:December 26, 2016, 1:33 pm

All 92 on board Russian Military Jet Killed in CrashA Russian military plane carrying 92 people, which included dozens of Red Army Choir singers, orchestra members and dancers, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday, killing the complete crew on board, informed the Russia authorities.

The plane vanished from the radar just two minutes post taking off from Sochi in southern Russia at 0525 MSK (9.25 p.m. ET), where it had halted to refuel from Moscow. The ill-fated plane was on its way to Latakia in Syria.

Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a ministry spokesman, informed the reporters that no one on board the plane survived. He said, "The area of the crash site has been established. No survivors have been spotted."

A certain ministry source told the Russian news agencies that there has been no life rafts on the crashed sited, at the same time another source said that the plane had not sent any SOS signal prior to the crash.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin declared December 26 as a national mourning day.The jet, a Soviet-era Tupolev plane which was fabricated in 1983, was carrying 84 passengers and eight crew members.

In the plane, at least 60 members were from the Alexandrov Ensemble, which is well-known in the international level as the Red Army Choir, were being flown to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria to entertain troops at the New Year’s Eve.

On board, there were nine Russian reporters along with military servicemen.Konashenkov stated that at a depth of around 70 meters were the fragments of the plane in the Black Sea nearly 1 mile off the coast near Sochi.

Konashenkov said that the search operation is still happening. He said, "Four ships, four helicopters, and a plane and a drone are working in the area."Six ships from Russia’s Black Sea navy had left to the crash site, and more than 100 trained divers were being deployed into the search operation along with a mini submarine.

Four bodies had been recovered from the sea, Konashenkovsaid. Russian news agencies witnessed a higher figure.He mentioned that the plane was last serviced in September and had undergone major repairs in December. The pilot was quite experienced and the plane collectively had nearly 7000 flying hours.

The passenger list stated that Elizaveta Glinka who was a member of Putin’s advisory human rights council was also present on the ill-fated plane. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that it was way too early to state that the plane actually crashed. President Putin was constantly being updated of the timely developments, Peskov said.

Russia has been conducting air strikes backing the Syrian government forces who are fighting rebels against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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