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A Russian military plane carrying more than 90 people disappeared from radar Sunday after taking off near Sochi, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.
The renowned Alexandrov Ensemble, the Russian army's official choir, was on board the plane, a source told Russia's Interfax News Agency. In addition to choir members, nine journalists plus other military members were on board as well, the Defense Ministry told Tass.
25 December 2016
06:42 GMT The Committee is now confiscating documents related to the flight, and is questioning those responsible for flight preparations, TASS reported.
06:35 GMT The Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case into the Tu-154 crash, according to article 351, “Failure to comply with the rules of flight security and preparation,” TASS reports, citing Investigative Committee representative Svetlana Petrenko.
06:34 GMT No survivors have been found so far, emergency services said.
“Unfortunately, during over an hour of search and rescue efforts, no emergency life rafts have been found,” Interfax cited a source as saying.
06:22 GMT The passengers' personal belongings supposedly have been found off the Sochi coast, the local emergency source told TASS.
06:21 GMT Three journalists working for the Russian Channel One were on board of the plane, TASS reported citing the channel's press service.
"Dmitry Runkov, correspondent, Vadim Denisov, cameraman, and sound engineer Aleksandr Soydov were on board of the plane," PR director Larisa Krymova has said, also confirming that the journalists were flying to Syria.
06:18 GMT Debris from the plane has been found at a depth of 50-70 meters, 1.5 kilometers from the shore, the information department of the Russian Defense Ministry stated.
06:02 GMT The crash happened while the plane was ascending, and the crew didn't signal anything was wrong, a source told Interfax.
06:00 GMT Russian President Vladimir Putin has been informed about the situation, and is following the search and rescue, TASS news agency reports.
05:58 GMT Another source told TASS that the plane's chassis was discovered 1.5 kilometers from the shore.
The defence ministry said the Tu-154 was carrying service personnel, members of the famed Alexandrov military band and reporters.
The plane was flying to Syria's Latakia province.
The defence ministry said in a statement: "Fragments of the Tu-154 plane of the Russian defence ministry were found 1.5km from the Black Sea coast of the city of Sochi at a depth of 50 to 70 metres.".
TextThe Russian aircraft TU-154, which had disappeared from from radar shortly after take-off in Sochi Sunday, has crashed in the Krasnodar Region, a source in local security services told RIA Novosti Sunday
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originally posted by: ufoorbhunter
Nothing reported by Kiev Post just yet, which as it took place in what some still recognise as Ukraine seems a little odd. A military band apparently gone down on the plance according to BBC, plus nine JOURNALISTS. As a poster said clearing house of those pesky journalists?
Since 1968 there have been 39 fatal incidents involving the Tu-154, most of which were caused either by factors unrelated to the aircraft, or by its extensive use in demanding conditions