A Russian Military jet disappeared twenty minutes after takeoff from radars in Sochi at around 5:40 am. It crashed in the Krasnodar Territory in the south of the country. RT.com has reported that the plane took off from Sochi Adler Airport on a “planned flight” and failed to check in with the control tower at 5:40am Moscow time.
The Russian defence ministry says there are no survivors after the plane crashed into the Black Sea.The Russian Ministry of Defence said the plane underwent Routine Maintenance in September and was piloted by an experienced Pilot. The Russians do not think terrorism was involved in the crash.
The first victim was found 6 km from Sochi coastline following the crash according to the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov.
The Russian Federal Service for Employment and Labor Relations sent their representatives to Sochi to investigate the incident. The ministry has said the families of the victims will receive insurance payments.
A Mi-8 helicopter and several vessels were sent from Sochi to the area of the crash.
Debris and personal belongings of passengers were found some 1.5 km from black Sea shore.
The Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviation) told RIA Novosti that the flight was “not civilian”.
It was carrying 92 people, initially it was reported that the plane was carrying some 70 people, the list of passengers includes journalists, military personnel and musicians from Alexandrov Ensemble. The musicians were due to take part in a New Year’s concert at the Russian airbase in Latakia, Syria.
All rescue services of Krasnodar Krai and neighboring regions are engaged in the search operation.
The Russias have launched a criminal Investigation into the crash. Military investigators have already seized documents and interrogated persons who arranged for the flight to Syria.
Who are the Alexandrov Ensemble?
- Alexandrov Ensemble is the official choir of the Russian armed forces
- It was founded in 1928 during the Soviet era
- The group also includes an orchestra and dancers
- It takes its name from its first director, Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, who wrote the music to the national anthem of the Soviet Union
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