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47 bodies retrieved in Black Sea air crash

MOSCOW, May 3 (RIA Novosti) - Rescuers have recovered 47 bodies from the water after a fatal plane crash off Russia's southern Black Sea coast early Wednesday.

A total of 113 people are presumed dead after an Armenian-owned Airbus airliner plunged into the Black Sea in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

"The number of bodies retrieved [from the sea] has increased to 47. Two bodies have been identified by now," the Krasnodar Territory prosecutor said, adding that rescue work would continue throughout the night until the last body was recovered.

The A-320 passenger jet, which was flying from the Armenian capital, Yerevan, to an airport servicing the popular Russian resort of Sochi, disappeared from radar screens at 2:15 a.m. local time (Tuesday 10:15 p.m. GMT).

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