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Second Tu-154 Flight Data Recorder Recovered From Seabed - Russian MoD

© Photo : Russian Emergencies Ministry / Go to the photo bankEmergencies Ministry rescuers during a search operation at the crash site in the Black Sea near Sochi.
Emergencies Ministry rescuers during a search operation at the crash site in the Black Sea near Sochi. - Sputnik International
Divers have retrieved the second flight data recorder from the wreckage of the Russian Tu-154 in the Black Sea; they've also discovered 12 large plane fragments and 1,547 smaller ones, the Russian Defense Ministry stated Wednesday.

"The second Tu-154 flight data recorder was found and raised from the bottom less than half an hour ago," the ministry said in a statement.

It added that 12 large plane fragments and 1,547 small fragments have been found since the start of the search and rescue operation.

Rescuers have recovered a total of 15 bodies at the crash site of the Russian military plane in the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"Currently, 15 bodies and 239 body parts have been recovered from water," the ministry said in a statement.

Thirteen bodies and 168 body parts have been sent to Moscow for genetic identification, it added. Samples have been collected from 105 relatives of the victims for examination.

Russian Emergency Ministry divers prepare to search fragments of a plane in the Black Sea, outside Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Earlier it was reported that rescuers have found and lifted 311 more pieces of plane wreckage from the bottom of the Black Sea near the Tu-154 crash site in the past 24 hours.

"A total of 1,547 pieces of Tu-154 wreckage has been found and raised to the surface, including 311 founded in the past 24 hours," a source in the security services told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

The Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 aircraft en route to Syria from Moscow crashed soon after takeoff near Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi early on Sunday.

The plane was carrying 92 people including eight crew members, 64 musicians of the Alexandrov Ensemble, nine reporters, head of Spravedlivaya Pomoshch (Fair Aid) charity Elizaveta Glinka, and two federal civil servants.

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