Russian plane crash: 11 bodies recovered in Black Sea search

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A massive search and rescue operation is under way in the Black Sea after a Russian military plane crashed Sunday with 92 on board. Eleven bodies have so far been recovered.

Terrorism was not a likely cause of the crash, Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov said in a call with reporters Monday. Russia’s transport minister said it was assumed the plane had crashed due to technical malfunction or pilot error.
The Tupolev Tu-154 plane carrying 84 passengers and eight crew crashed in the Black Sea near Sochi, after disappearing from radar Sunday morning local time, state-run Ria Novosti news agency reported.
The Defense Ministry said there appeared to be no survivors. Russia is observing a national day of mourning Monday.
A man places flowers outside the building of the Alexandrov Ensemble in Moscow on Sunday. Alexander Kibovsky, head of Moscow’s culture department, called them “our cultural paratroopers.”

Russian plane crash: 11 bodies recovered in Black Sea search
By Susannah Cullinane, Ashley Fantz and Max Blau, CNN
Updated 1058 GMT (1858 HKT) December 26, 2016
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3,500 people are involved in a search operation after a Russian plane crashed Sunday
11 bodies have so far been recovered, with 10 being flown to Moscow for DNA testing
(CNN)A massive search and rescue operation is under way in the Black Sea after a Russian military plane crashed Sunday with 92 on board. Eleven bodies have so far been recovered.

Terrorism was not a likely cause of the crash, Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov said in a call with reporters Monday. Russia’s transport minister said it was assumed the plane had crashed due to technical malfunction or pilot error.
The Tupolev Tu-154 plane carrying 84 passengers and eight crew crashed in the Black Sea near Sochi, after disappearing from radar Sunday morning local time, state-run Ria Novosti news agency reported.
The Defense Ministry said there appeared to be no survivors. Russia is observing a national day of mourning Monday.

The ministry said 3,500 search and rescue personnel currently are involved in the search.
“Ships, divers and aircraft keep arriving in the search operation area. The search-and-rescue operation has 39 ships and cutters, 135 divers and 7 deep-water vehicles.
“Military personnel of the Southern Military district keep examining the shoreline to find and collect the bodies, debris of the plane and personal belongings of passengers,” it said.
A military plane carrying 10 bodies and fragments of debris had flown to Moscow on Monday where DNA testing would be carried out, the ministry said.
It said experts had been able to more precisely locate the crash site by using data from radio location equipment, but that the search was complicated by varying sea depth.
The Tupolev plane was carrying members of the army’s official choir — the Alexandrov Ensemble –“flying to congratulate Russian air force pilots in Syria with the New Year,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashekov said Sunday.
Read: The ‘Red Army’ choir loved by Russia
The plane took off from Moscow and was headed to the Russian Hmeymim airbase in Latakia, Syria, where Russia has a large military presence, a source told Russia’s state news agency Tass.
En route to Syria, the plane landed in Sochi to refuel, the Defense Ministry’s press service told Russia’s Interfax news agency.

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