Missing Russian defence ministry plane 'crashed over Black Sea': reports

Russian Defence Ministry TU-154 plane that had disappeared from radar over the Black Sea with 91 folks on board has crashed, the Interfax information company reported on Sunday, bringing up an unidentified supply.

Particles from the army plane has been discovered within the Black Sea, native information businesses quoted the defence ministry as pronouncing Sunday.

“Fragments of the Tu-154 plane of the Russian defence ministry have been discovered 1.five kilometres from the Black Beach of the town of Sochi at a intensity of 50 to 70 metres,” the ministry stated. The ministry stated that there are 91 folks on board.

A rescue group had discovered the crash web site within the Black Sea close to the coast of the Sochi, Interfax stated.

Different Russian information businesses reported previous that the Russian plane had disappeared from radar quickly after starting off from Sochi, a Black Sea hotel the city.

The plane had departed at five:40 am native time (0240 GMT) from Adler, south of the Black Sea hotel town of Sochi, and used to be undertaking a regimen flight to Russia’s Hmeimim airbase out of doors the coastal Syrian town of Latakia, the ministry stated.

The ministry stated the plane used to be wearing Russian servicemen in addition to participants of the Alexandrov Ensemble, the military’s professional musical staff, who have been headed to Syria to take part in New Yr celebrations on the base.

There have been 9 participants of the media on board, the ministry stated.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised Russian information businesses that President Vladimir Putin were knowledgeable of the location and used to be being stored abreast of the quest operations.

Moscow has been flying a bombing marketing campaign in Syria since September 2015 in enhance of long-time best friend Bashar al-Assad.

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