The plane, a Tupolev-154 at the destination of Latakia, in the north-west of Syria, had departed from the city of Adler, near Sochi, then vanished from radar, according to the Russian defense ministry quoted by the news agency Interfax.
A military aircraft of the Russian transporting 92 persons and had disappeared from radars shortly after its take – off and crashed in the Black sea, Sunday, December 25, in the morning, according to the Russian defense ministry quoted by the news agency Interfax.
According to Igor Konashenkov, spokesman of the ministry, as quoted by the same agency, a first body was found about six miles off the coast of Sochi. A little earlier, the ministry had stated that debris from the plane had been found 1.5 km from the coastline, at a depth of 50 to 70 meters. According to the ministry, the device would take 84 passengers and eight crew members.
More than 60 members of the choir of the Red Army
The plane, a Tupolev-154, was airborne at 5: 40 a.m. (0240 GMT), for a flight routine, in the Russian city of Adler (located to the south of the resort city of Sochi on the Black sea) to destination the air base of the Russian Hmeimim, near Latakia, in the north-west of Syria, where Russia has for over a year, a military campaign, including air, to support the regime of president Bashar al-Assad.
the ministry of defence has published on its website, a list of the passengers of the device. In addition to Russian military, the Tupolev 154 was carrying more than 60 members of the Ensemble, Alexandrov, known during his foreign tours in the name of the choir of the Red Army, including the director Valeri Khakhilov. They went to Syria to participate in the festivities of the New year on the air base. Among the passengers were also nine journalists, two senior civil servants and the head of a charitable organization very well-known in Russia, Elizavéta Glinka, said the ministry.
the spokesman of The Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, told Russian agencies that president Vladimir Putin had been informed of the situation and that it was kept informed of the evolution of research. A criminal investigation has been opened to determine if violations to the rules of air safety are at the origin of the crash, said the investigative committee of the Russian.
aircraft models involved in previous crashes
This is not the first time a crash involves a model Tupolev-154. On 10 April 2010, the Polish head of State Lech Kaczynski and dozens of senior leaders of the country have been killed in the accident of the device of the Polish presidency, near Smolensk, in western Russia, making a total of 96 dead.
On December 5, 2010, a Tu-154 came out of the runway after its landing in Moscow, with two dead and dozens injured. To 9 000 metres of altitude, the device had experienced a failure of two of its engines, the generator, and its navigation instruments. Finally, on January 1, 2011, a plane caught fire and exploded on the tarmac of an airport in Russian, with two dead and dozens injured.