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MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- An Armenian Airlines jetliner with 100 people aboard disappeared from radar early Wednesday near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russian authorities say.
Controllers lost contact with the Airbus A320 shortly after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday (11:30 p.m. Tuesday GMT), Victor Beltsov, a spokesman for the Russian Emergency Services Ministry, said.
Debris has been seen in the sea, about 6km (four miles) from the coast, says Russia's Emergencies Ministry.
Bad weather conditions are making the search for survivors difficult.
Life jackets have been found in the accident area, although no people have been found, said deputy head of Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry, Viktor Beltsov.
Wreckage from the plane was found not far from the shoreline, Beltsov said. The Interfax news agency reported that rescue teams at the site pulled the body of a woman from the sea, and cited a coast guard official, Vladislav Kozlitin, as saying body parts were also found.
Beltsov said preliminary information indicated there were 114 people aboard. Earlier, Russian news agencies reported the plane was carrying 92 passengers, including five children, and eight crew.
Rescuers found parts of the plane some four miles from the shore, along with empty lifejackets — an indication that passengers had no time to put them on, ITAR-Tass quoted an unidentified local emergency official as saying.
Is this the same plane that has had nosewheel troubles?
Terrorism has been all-but-ruled-out as a possible factor... although, in a curious development, the bodies of three victims recovered have been identified as Armenian citizens NOT listed on the airliner's passenger manifest.