Breaking News. Russian military plane disappears from radar after takeoff near Sochi

Update from Rusia Today

  • 07:22 GMT

    The debris flew apart along the coast, across a 1.5 kilometer area, and is at depths of 50 to 100 meters, a source told RIA Novosti.

  • 07:21 GMT

    Documents belonging to the Channel One journalists have been found at the scene, TASS news agency reports, citing a security service source.

  • 07:21 GMT

    A source told Interfax news agency that rescue workers have discovered several bodies at the scene.

    “Emergency workers are finding bodies, there are a few of them,” the source said.

  • 07:21 GMT

    Journalists from another Russian TV channel, NTV, were among those on board: correspondent Mikhail Luzhetsky, cameraman Oleg Pestov, and sound engineer Evgeny Tolstov, according to media reports.

  • 07:20 GMT

    The first victim’s body has been discovered six kilometers from the shore, Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov stated, as cited by RIA Novosti.

  • 07:13 GMT

    NTV television channel reported that the third crew on board the crashed Tu-154 was their own.

Un avion Rusesc cu 91 de persoane la bord s-a prabusit in Marea Neagra la putin timp dupa decolarea de pe o baza ruseasca de langa Sochi. Avionul merge la baza ruseasca Hmeymim in Latakia, Syria. La Bordul aeronavei se aflau militari ai armatei ruse, jurnalisti si membrii ai corului armatei ruse.

Resturi ale aeronavei au fost gasite in marea Neagra de o echipa Search and Rescue conform Interfax

CNN

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 Tupolev Tu-154 plane, with 83 passengers and eight crew members on board, had taken off from the Adler airport near the Black Sea city early Sunday morning local time, RIA Novosti reported.
The plane was headed to the Russian Hmeymim airbase in Latakia, Syria, where the country has a large military presence, for a concert ahead of New Year’s Eve, a source told Russia’s state news agency Tass.
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.
A Defense Ministry spokesman told CNN “no comment, wait for official announcement” when asked about the plane disappearance. Tass has reported that, according to the Defense Ministry, “all search and rescue services of aviation units on the Southern Military District in Krasnodar and neighboring regions are engaged in aircraft search.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been informed that a Tu-154 plane disappeared from radar after taking off from Sochi, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Tass.
“The President has been informed that the plane disappeared from radars”, Peskov said. “Putin gets information from emergencies services conducting the search effort.”
A rescue team had found the crash site in the Black Sea near the coast of the Sochi, Interfax said.
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