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    On Sunday morning, the Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 aircraft en route to Syria with 92 people on board crashed into the Black Sea shortly after refueling at an airport in the Russian resort city of Adler. Fragments of the plane were discovered 1 mile from the sea shore of Sochi.

    Most of the passengers were members of the famous army choir of the Russian armed forces, the Alexandrov Ensemble, who were traveling from Moscow to Hmeymim airbase in Syria to put on a New Year concert for Russian troops deployed there.

    Nine journalists of Russia's TV channels and famous Russian humanitarian activist Elizaveta Glinka, also known as Dr. Lisa, were aboard the plane as well.

    The search operation in currently underway.

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    • 21:32

      This is What Politicians Around the World Said About Tu-154 Crash

      Candles in memory of passengers and crew members of Russian military Tu-154 plane, which crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday, are pictured next to a picture of a plane at an embankment in the resort city of Sochi, Russia

      World Mourning Victims of Russian Tu-154 Plane Crash in Black Sea

      Politicians, officials and ordinary people all over the world have expressed condolences following the crash of the Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 plane heading from Moscow to Syria with 92 people on board, including the famous Alexandrov Ensemble members, a prominent humanitarian activist and nine journalists, near resort city of Sochi.
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    • 21:17

      Operation at Tu-154 Crash Site to Continue Round-the-Clock - Russian MoD

      "At night time, the operation in the area of the crash is carried out non-stop and will continue around the clock. The ships in the coastal zone are equipped with high-capacity lighting floodlight installations. The units of the Southern Military District conduct a visual check of the coastline to detect any items related to the plane crash," the Russian Defense Ministry said.

      A rescue operation on the Black Sea coast at the crash site of Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft
      © Photo: Russian Emergency Situations Ministry
    • 21:10

      Israeli PM Netanyahu Expresses Condolences Over Tu-154 Crash

      "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his deepest condolences over the Russian Tu-154 plane crash in Sochi to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call," according to the Kremlin.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
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    • 20:46

      Supposed Exact Location of Russia's Tu-154 Plane Crash Determined - MoD

      "The supposed location of Tu-154 plane crash has been determined. Ships with side-scan sonar systems have started to examine the bottom [of the sea]."

      A rescue operation on the Black Sea coast at the crash site of Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft
      © Photo: Russian Emergency Situations Ministry
    • 20:38

      11 Bodies of Tu-154 Crash Victims Found so Far - Russian MoD

    • 20:34

      Donetsk People's Republic Head Announces Mourning Day Over Tu-154 Crash

      Alexander Zakharchenko, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in Ukraine southeast, has announced a mourning day over the deadly plane crash in Russia's south.

      Alexander Zakharchenko, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), speaks during an interview at his office in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 8, 2015
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    • 20:16

      'Too Early to Say' What's the Reason for Tu-154 Crash - Transport Minister

      Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that it's "too early to say" what had caused the Tu-154 plane crash.

    • 20:06

      Sochi Locals Take Tu-154 Crash as 'Their Own Tragedy'

      Sochi-based journalist Kirill Lemekh told Radio Sputnik that Tu-154 crash is a "tragedy even for the city" itself. Local residents say that since the crash happened after the plane had made a stop in Adler on its way from Moscow, they see the catastrophe as "their own tragedy."

      A woman places a candle to honour passengers and crew members of Russian military Tu-154 plane crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday, at an embankmen in the resort city of Sochi, Russia
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      People place candles to honour passengers and crew members of Russian military Tu-154 plane crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday in the resort city of Sochi, Russia
      © REUTERS/ Maxim Shemetov
    • 19:58

      Search Operation Suspended Until Monday Morning

      "The operation on raising wreckage and bodies of the victims will be continued tomorrow morning," the Russian transport minister said.

      Russian rescuers carry a stretcher with passenger belongings after a Russian military plane crashed in the Black Sea, on a pier outside Sochi
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    • 19:47

      This is How Sochi Residents Reacted to Tu-154 Crash in Black Sea

      The Alexandrov Song and Dance Ensemble of the Russian Army during the final rehearsal of the opening ceremony of the 2015 International Military Music Festival 'Spasskaya Tower' on Moscow's Red Square. (File)

      Sochi Locals 'Very Sad' Over Tu-154 Crash, Alexandrov Ensemble Was Popular There

      Christina Mrug, head correspondent for channel Kuban 24 based in Sochi, spoke to Sputnik in an interview about the crash of Russian aircraft TU-154 on Sunday morning.
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      People place candles to honour passengers and crew members of Russian military Tu-154 plane crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday,  in the resort city of Sochi, Russia
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    • 19:38

      Erdogan Expresses 'Heartfelt Condolences' to Putin Over Tu-54 Crash in Sochi

      "Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Russian President Vladimir Putin and expressed his heartfelt condolences over the catastrophe of Russian Tu-154 plane in Sochi," the Kremlin's press service reported.

      Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) of Turkey attending the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul, October 10, 2016
      © Sputnik/ Sergey Guneev
    • 19:31

      Google Commemorates Victims of Russian Plane Crash

    • 19:23

      Russian Orthodox Patriach Kirill Leads Liturgy in Memory of Victims of the Crash

      Earlier in the day, the Patriarch expressed his deepest condolences over the tragedy.

      "Pain in my heart echoed the tragic news of the crash of the Russian Defense Ministry, which occurred in the Black Sea this morning."

    • 19:21

      Russian Singer Escapes Deadly Tu-154 Crash Thanks to His Child's Birth

      Performance of Alexandrov ensemble at Winter Arts Festival in Sochi

      Russian Singer Escapes Deadly Tu-154 Crash Thanks to His Child's Birth

      A leading Russian singer narrowly escaped the deadly Tu-154 plane crash as he decided to stay home due to the birth of his third child.
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    • 19:02

      Black Boxes of Tu-154 Not Found Yet - Russian Transport Minister

      Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that the black boxes of the Tu-154 aicraft have not been found yet, their search will be conducted on the bottom of the Black Sea, using special equipment and a group of divers.

      Principle of Flight Data Recorder’s Operation
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    • 18:57

      Most Victims of Tu-154 Crash 'Inside the Plane's Fuselage' - Source

      Most victims of the Tu-154 aircraft "are inside the fuselage," an informed source told RIA Novosti.

      A rescue operation on the Black Sea coast at the crash site of Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft

      Most of Bodies of Russian Tu-154 Crash Victims May Be Inside Plane's Fuselage

      A source in the law enforcement told RIA Novosti that majority of the bodies of the victims of the Russian Defense Ministry Tu-154 could be inside the aircraft fuselage.
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    • 18:40

      Search Operation at Tu-154 Crash Site to Be Conducted Under Auspices of Russian Emergencies Ministry

      Maxim Sokolov, the Russian transport minister, said that the further work of the search operation will be guided by the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

      A Tupolev Tu-154 stands on the tarmac of the Chkalovsky military airport north of Moscow, Russia. (File)

      No Information of Survivors in Tu-154 Catastrophe Yet - Transport Minister

      The Russian transport minister said that there is "no information of survivors in the catastrophe" yet.
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    • 18:20

      No Information of Survivors in Tu-154 Crash So Far - Russian Transport Minister

      The Russian transport minister said that there is currently no information on the survivors in the catastrophe, adding that the search and rescue operation is still underway.

    • 18:17

      Merited Pilot of Russia Not Ruling Out Tu-154 Plane's 'Mid-Air Collision With Foreign Object'

      When asked about the possible reasons for the Tu-154 crash, Yuri Sytnik, a Merited Pilot of Russia and a member of the presidential commission on civil aviation, told Sputnik Radio that everything was possible, including a mid-air collision with a “foreign object,” but added that even then the pilots would have enough time to inform the airport tower about the mishap.

      Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft crash site in Sochi

      What We Know so Far About Possible Causes of Tu-154 Plane Crash

      A Russian military plane with 92 passengers and crew on board crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria shortly after taking off from the southern resort of Sochi on Sunday morning.
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    • 18:09

      Boris Johnson Expresses 'Deepest Sympathies' to Families and Friends of Victims of the Crash

    • 18:01

      Russian Defense Ministry to Deploy 1,300 Servicemen at Tu-154 Crash Site

      The Russian Defense Ministry will deployed 1,300 servicemen at the crash site of the Tu-154 plane.

      "32 ships and boats, 80 divers, five helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and remotely operated deep-sea vehicles are involved in the search operation." "In addition, the transfer in 1,300 servicemen of the Southern Military District is being prepared."

       

    • 17:57

      India, Pakistan Express Condolences Over Tu-154 Crash in Sochi

      India and Pakistan have expressed their condolences to Russia in connection with the crash of Tu-154 in Sochi.

    • 17:49

      Journalists on Board of Crashed Tu-154 Plane

      Russian journalists

      Young and Fearless: Stories of Three Russian Journalists Aboard Tu-154 Plane

      Three journalists from Zvezda channel were listed as being on the flight that crashed, correspondent Pavel Obukhov, operator Alexander Suranov and assistant operator Valery Rzhevskiy. Sputnik spoke to Alexey Kharkov, the deputy director of the channel.
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    • 17:38
      Members of contact group on settlement of eastern Ukraine crisis meet in Minsk
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      Lugansk People's Republic Head Expresses Condolences to Relatives of Tu-154 Victims

      Head of the Lugansk People's Republic in Donbass Igor Plotnitsky expressed his condolences to the relatives of those killed in a Tu-154 plane crash in Sochi.

    • 17:29

      Russian President Vladimir Putin Expresses Condolences Over Tu-154 Plane Crash (VIDEO)

    • 17:22

      Identification of Victims' Bodies to Be Conducted in Moscow

      The identification of the Tu-154 plane crash victims' bodies will be conducted in Moscow, according to Russian Ministry of Transport.

    • 17:15
      Russian Minister of Labour and Social Protection Maxim Topilin
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      Families of Tu-154 Crash Victims to Receive Financial Aid

      Russian Minister of Labour and Social Protection Maxim Topilin instructed the ministry to organize the work on payments to the families of those killed in the crash of Tu-154.

      The size of payments over the crash of Defense Ministry ‘s Tu-154 will be up to 7.8 million rubles for the relatives of the military personnel and three million rubles to families of civilians, according to president of the All-Russian Insurance Association Igor Yurgens.

    • 17:08
      Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov
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      Russian Transport Minister Arrives to Sochi to Hold Commission on Tu-154 Plane Crash

      Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov arrived to Sochi to hold a meeting of the commission in connection with the crash of the Tu-154 and to assist relatives of the victims, the ministry told RIA Novosti.

      Earlier it was reported that the Sokolov would head this commission.

      "Sokolov arrived to Sochi for a meeting of the commission on the elimination of the consequences of the Tu-154 crash, to assist families of the victims," the ministry stated.

       

      Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft crash site in Sochi

      Russian Transport Minister to Hold Plane Crash Investigation Commission Meeting

      Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov arrived in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi to hold a meeting of the state commission on the investigation of the Tu-154 aircraft crash that occurred earlier on Sunday, the ministry’s press service told RIA Novosti.
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    • 16:57

      'We Are Not Sure We Will Come Back Alive, Because War Is Hell On Earth' - Dr. Lisa's Speech in Kremlin on Dec. 8

      "Tomorrow I'm flying to Donetsk, and from there to Syria, as well as other volunteers. And we are not sure that we will come back alive. Because the war is hell on earth. And I know what I'm talking about," Dr. Lisa's (Elizaveta Glinka) speech in the Kremlin on December 8 when Putin awarded her for human rights activities.

    • 16:46

      Margarita Simonyan Expresses Condolences Over Tu-154 Plane Crash

      Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of RT and Rossiya Segodnya

      RT, Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Expresses Condolences Over Tu-154 Plane Crash

      Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of the Sputnik news agency and the RT broadcaster, expressed condolences over the crash of the Russian Tu-154 aircraft earlier on Sunday.
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    • 16:37

      People Continue to Bring Flowers to Building of Alexandrov Ensemble, Fair Aid Fund (LIVE VIDEO)

      Mourners continue to bring flowers and candles to the buildings of the Alexandrov ensemble and the fund "Fair Aid", headed by Dr. Lisa (Elizabeth Glinka) in Moscow to commemorate the tragedy.

    • 16:29

      64 Members of Russian Army’s Famed Alexandrov Choir Were on Board of Crashed Tu-154 Plane

      Members of the Alexandrov Russian Army song and dance ensemble

      64 Members of Russian Army’s Famed Alexandrov Choir Feared Dead in Tu-154 Crash

      A Russian military plane taking the renowned Alexandrov Ensemble, the army’s official choir, to a concert at a Russian air base in Syria, crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday. All 92 passengers and crew on board are feared dead.
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    • 16:27

      US, German and French Ambassadors to Russia Express Their Solidarity With Russian People Over Tu-154 Crash

      US, German and French ambassadors to Russia expressed their condolences and solidarity with the Russian people in connection with the crash of Tu-154 near Sochi.

    • 16:09

      Maria Zakharova Over Tu-154 Crash: These People Were Indispensable

      Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova expressed her condolences over the crash of the Russian Defense Ministry's plane crash near Sochi, saying that people on board of the crashed plane "were irreplaceable".

    • 15:59
      German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, talks to Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. (File)
      © AP Photo/ Markus Schreiber

      Merkel, Steinmeier Express Condolences to Russia Over Tragedy

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister of the country, Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed their condolences over the crash of the Russian Tu-154 near Sochi.

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrive for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, November 9, 2016German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) looks on next to German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (R) and France's President Francois Hollande during the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland July 8, 2016.

      Merkel, Steinmeier Express Condolences Over Tu-154 Plane Crash

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed condolences over the Russian Tu-154 aircraft crash earlier on Sunday.
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    • 15:56
      Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during an interview with Rossiya Segodnya Director General Dmitry Kiselev
      © Sputnik/ Press-service of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

      Bashar Assad Expresses Condolences Over Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 Crash

      Syrian President Bashar Assad has sent a telegram to Vladimir Putin with his condolences in connection with the Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 crash near Sochi.

      "With great sadness we received the news concerning the crash of the Russian Tu-154 plane, which was carrying our dear friends, who wanted to share with us and the people of Aleppo the joy of victory and festivities," Syrian SANA news agency citing the text of the telegram.

      Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during an interview with Rossiya Segodnya Director General Dmitry Kiselev

      Assad Expresses Condolences Over Crash of Russia's Tu-154 Plane Bound for Syria

      Syrian President Bashar Assad extended his condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Russian Tu-154 aircraft crash earlier on Sunday.
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    • 15:36

      'She Was a Miracle, Envoy of Kindness': Russian Charity Activist Dr. Lisa Among Passengers of Tu-154 Crash in Black Sea

      Elizaveta Glinka, head of the charity fund Spravedlivaya Pomoshch

      Famous Russian Activist Delivering Aid to Syria Feared Dead in Tu-154 Crash

      A Russian Defense Ministry Tu-154 plane heading from Moscow to Syria with a stop in Adler crashed on Sunday morning near the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi. Among 92 people on board was Dr. Elizaveta Glinka, or Dr. Lisa, a well-known charity activist who helped evacuate many children wounded during the Ukrainian conflict.
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    • 15:28

      Infographics on the Crash of Tu-154 in Sochi

      Crash of Tu-154 plane in Sochi
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    • 15:27
      Tu-154 Mid-Range Second Generation Passenger Jet
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      Crashed Tu-154: Technical Details

      The Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 crashed near Sochi was thoroughly repaired in 2014, by the manufacturing factory "Aviacor".

      It was the third overhaul maintenance stipulated by the contract for routine aircraft maintenance.

      Within the last two years no claims regarding the repair works have been received from the operator, the press service of the "Russian Machines" corporation wrote.

      The Tu-154 N 85572 was produced on March 29, 1983 , by the manufacturing factory Komsomolsk-on-Amur aviation production association (current " Aviacor aircraft plant ").

      The Tu-154, a medium-haul trijet airliner (NATO reporting name Careless) was designed in the mid-1960's and entered service in 1970. Around 1,000 were built over four decades.

      The design has been the workhorse of Soviet and Russian airlines, carrying around half of Aeroflot's passengers during the Soviet era. The aircraft was sold to and operated by about 17 non-Russian airlines. With a cruising speed of 975 km/h (620 mph), the Tu-154 was one of the fastest civilian aircraft in operation and had a range of 5,280 km (3,340 miles). With a service life of 45,000 hours, but capable of 80,000 with upgrades, the aircraft was expected to last until 2016, although noise restrictions have seen services to Western Europe and other areas banned in recent years for all but modified variants on certain routes.

    • 15:09
      A rescue operation on the Black Sea coast at the crash site of Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft
      © Sputnik/ Nina Zotina

      Over 3,000 People, 27 Ships, 37 Divers, Four Helicopters, Drones and Deep Submergence Vehicles Take Part in Search Operations - MoD

      More than three thousand people participate in search and rescue operations in the Black Sea, at the crash site of Tu-154, the Russia's Defense Ministry stated.

      The operations also involve almost 27 ships, 37 divers, four helicopters, drones, deep submergence vehicles, the ministry added.

    • 15:01
      A rescue operation on the Black Sea coast at the crash site of Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft
      © Sputnik/ Nina Zotina

      Update on Victims: 10 Bodies of People Killed in Tu-154 Crash Found During Search Operations

      Ten bodies found at the crash site of the Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154, a source in defense and law enforcement agencies told RIA Novosti. Divers discovered the bodies of three more victims.

      The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the number of the bodies found at the moment.

      Earlier, a source in emergency services of the region told RIA Novosti about seven bodies found at the site.

      Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft crash site in Sochi

      Russian Defense Ministry Confirms 10 Bodies Recovered at Tu-154 Plane Crash Site

      Bodies of 10 victims of Russia's Tu-154 aircraft crash near the resort city of Sochi have been recovered, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed Sunday.
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    • 14:52
      A rescue operation on the Black Sea coast at the crash site of Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft
      © Sputnik/ Nina Zotina

      Identification of Remains of People Killed in Tu-154 Would Require Forensic Genetics - Health Ministry Official

      The identification of the remains of those killed in the Tu-154 crash near Sochi would require forensic genetics, chief psychiatrist of the Russian Ministry of Health Zurab Kekelidze told RIA Novosti.

      He also added that the specialists of the Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry would consult experts of the doctors in Sochi, if necessary.

    • 14:42

      Sochi Police Forces Mobilization

      Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft crash site in Sochi

      Over 250 Policemen Mobilized in Sochi Following Tu-154 Crash - Interior Ministry

      The police forces in the Russian resort city of Sochi were mobilized after receiving the information about the Tu-154 aircraft disappearance from radars, the Russian Interior Ministry's administration for southern Krasnodar Territory said Sunday.
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    • 14:41

      Sochi Airport After Tragedy

      The Sochi International airport is operating in the ordinary course, the scheduled arrivals and departures are not canceled, RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the scene.

      The five Olympic rings stand in front of the Sochi Airport.
      © RIA Novosti. Mihail Mokrushin
    • 14:32

      Search Operations Underway at Crash Site of Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 Crash (VIDEO)

    • 14:30

      Psychologists to Help Relatives of Tu-154 Crash Victims

      Psychologists will assist the relatives of those killed in Tu-154 crash at the building of the Alexandrov ensemble, chief psychiatrist of the Russian Ministry of Health Zurab Kekelidze told RIA Novosti.

      "Our employees have been instructed in the morning... there are actors, singers of the Alexandrov ensemble among the victims. We have specified where their center is and, as far as I know, our specialists have been sent there. If the relatives will be coming there, we will provide with them with all necessary assistance. In addition, they will be given phone numbers of our hotline, which is located in the Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry," Kekelidze said.

    • 14:04

      Putin Declares Monday a National Day of Mourning in Russia

      Russian President Vladimir Putin declared 26 December, 2016 a day of national mourning for those killed in the crash of Tu-154 in Sochi.

      He also added that the crash would be thoroughly investigated and all necessary assistance would be provided to all those affected by this tragedy.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia
      © Sputnik/ Alexey Filippov
      Russian President Vladimir Putin.

      Putin Declares Dec 26 Day of National Mourning Over Russia's Tu-154 Plane Crash

      A nationwide day of mourning will begin in Russia on Monday, December 26, to honor the memory of those perished in the Tu-154 aircraft crash over the Black Sea earlier on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
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    • 13:52

      Faces of the Tragedy

      Young ballet dancers, musicians, journalists, officials of the Russian Defense Ministry are among the victims of this awful tragedy.

    • 13:39
      Tu-154 plane. (File)
      © Sputnik/ Mikhail Melnichuk

      Decommissioning of Tu-154 Aircrafts Is Currently Premature - Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade

      The decision to suspend Tu-154 flights or to remove the plane's withdrawal from service would be premature before the crash investigation ends, head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov stated.

      "There are a great number of planes in the world, taken out of production, but still operated. The service life limit of this kind of aircrafts is 40 years, and if you take the foreign analogues, some of the aircraft have a run period of 60 years, so in the aviation industry there are completely different principles of resource assignment and the work cycle. Therefore, such a decision today would be premature," Manturov said journalists.

      He also answered questions concerning the halting of Tu-154 flights, saying that "such a decision is up to the operator".

      "First you need to carry out the investigation and to understand the causes, and then take one or another decision," the Minister said.

      Tupolev Tu-154

      Decommissioning of Tu-154 Aircraft Would Be Premature - Industry Minister

      It would be premature to decommission the Tu-154 aircraft, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Sunday, in the wake of a plane crash over the Black Sea.
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    • 13:28

      Moscow Mourning Tu-154 Crash (LIVE VIDEO)

      People in Moscow bring flowers outside the building of the Alexandrov ensemble to commemorate the victims of the Tu-154 plane crash.

    • 13:26

      Russian Defense Ministry Updates Info on Passengers: 92 People Were on Board

    • 13:25

      Latest Update on Victims: Seven Bodies Found at the Moment

      Seven bodies found at the crash site of the Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154, a source in emergency services of the region told RIA Novosti. 

      Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft crash site in Sochi
      © Sputnik/ Nina Zotina
    • 13:12

      Russian Prime Minister Expresses Condolences to Families, Friends and Colleagues of Tu-154 Crash Victims

      The circumstances of the crash of Tu-154 will be thoroughly investigated, necessary assistance will be provided to all those affected by this tragedy, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated.

      The Prime Minister also expressed his condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the passengers of the crashed aircraft.

      "This terrible tragedy has claimed the lives of people, full of strength and plans. Journalists, soldiers and musicians of the famous Alexandrov ensemble are among the victims. They flew to Syria with a very good and peaceful mission. This bereavement is impossible to accept ... it is an irreparable loss. Millions of people share this tragedy," the Prime Minister said.

      Prime Minister Medvedev chairs meeting of Economic Modernization Council's presidium
      © Sputnik/ Ekaterina Shtukina
      Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft crash site in Sochi

      All Circumstances of Russia’s Tu-154 Plane Crash to Be Investigated - PM

      Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday expressed condolences to families, colleagues and friends of victims of Russia’s Tu-154 plane crash, promising a thorough investigation into the catastrophe.
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    • 12:56

      No Survivors Found at the Moment - MoD

      The area of the crash is specified, the survivors are not reported at the moment, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated.

      Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft crash site in Sochi
      © Sputnik/ Nina Zotina
    • 12:47

      Ministreal Commission Arrives to Sochi to Investigate Tu-154 Crash - MoD

      According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the ministreal commission led by the Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov left for Sochi to investigate the Tu-154 crash.

      Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu personally supervises the rescue operations at the crash site of Tu-154 in Sochi from the National Control Center.

      Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft crash site in Sochi

      Tu-154 Crash Case Sent to Central Department of Russia’s Investigative Committee

      The criminal case initiated over the crash of Russia’s Tu-154 aircraft in the Black Sea was transferred to the central department of the Russian Investigative Committee, a representative of the committee, Svetlana Petrenko, said Sunday.
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    • 12:34

      Medical Services, Psychologists on High Alert

      Two ambulances, three psychologists are currently on duty in the Sochi airport. The medical services of the Krasnodar region formed 48 emergency teams in total, five more are on standby.

      Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft crash site in Sochi
      © Sputnik/ Nina Zotina
    • 12:28

      Crashed Plane Info

      Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 near Sochi, was drawn off in 1983, the total flight time of the plane - 6689 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry stated.

    • 12:22

      Update on Passengers Info: 93 People Were on Board of Crashed Plane - MoD

      Tu-154 plane. (File)
      © Sputnik/ Mikhail Melnichuk
    • 12:19

      Update From Crash Site: Rescuers Find Five Bodies - Source

      Five bodies of Tu-154 crash victims were found at the crash site in Sochi.

    • 12:17

      Families of Crashed Plane Victims to Receive Insurance Payments

      The Russian Federal Service for Employment and Labor Relations sent their representatives to Sochi to investigate the incident. The families of the victims will receive insurance payments, the ministry assured.

    • 12:07

      Famous Russian Charity Leader Was Among Passengers of Crashed Tu-154

      Elizaveta Glinka, famous Russian charity leader was reportedly among the passengers of the crashed aircraft, delivering medication for a university hospital in the Syrian Latakia.

      Her charity fund, "Fair Help", provides material support and medical aid to those who needs it.

      Dr. Elizaveta Glinka, or Dr. Lisa, as she is known in Russia and Ukraine, is a doctor who gives hope to those who have lost it. She is also a blogger and a charity activist.

      The head of the presidential Human Rights Council Mikhail Fedotov was going to fly to Syria with Elizabeth Glinka.

      "I knew that she was going there. Moreover, we were going to fly together, but unfortunately, only her was allowed to go. And I know that she went there to bring medicines. This is not a tour, not a pleasure trip, she was carrying medication to a university hospital in Latakia," the head of the HRC said.

      Elizaveta Glinka, head of the charity fund Spravedlivaya Pomoshch
      © Sputnik/ Kirill Kallinikov
    • 11:59

      Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin Expresses His Condolences to Relatives of Victims

      Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin expressed his condolences to the relatives of people killed in the crash of Tu-154 in Sochi. He also instructed the Department of Social Protection to provide the necessary assistance.

    • 11:50

      Russian President Instructs Prime Minister to Lead State Commission to Investigate Tu-154 Crash

      Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to form and to lead the state commission to investigate the crash of the Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 in Sochi.

      Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev at an extended session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council with the participation of delegations
      © Sputnik/ Dmitry Astakhov
      Russian President Vladimir Putin

      Putin Orders Russian PM to Create Commission on Probe Into Tu-154 Crash

      Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to set up a commission to investigate the Tu-154 aircraft crash in the Black Sea, the Kremlin’s press service said Sunday.
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    • 11:45
      President Vladimir Putin during his twelfth annual news conference at Moscow's World Trade Center in Krasnaya Presnya
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      Russian President Expresses His Condolences

      Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the crash of Tu-154 in Sochi, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Sunday.

    • 11:43

      Crashed Plane Underwent Routine Maintenance in September, Was Operated by Experienced Pilot - MoD

    • 11:38

      Four Bodies of Tu-154 Crash Victims Found at Crash Site in Sochi - Source

    • 11:27

      Search Operations at Crash Site Underway - MoD

      Investigators and criminologists of the Russian Investigative Committee also sent to the site.

      "Four marine vessels and five helicopters are now involved in the search operations, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles. The forces and facilities increasing [in the area]" - Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

      The Russian Emergency Ministry plans to send rescuers and divers to the area.

      Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 aircraft crash site in Sochi

      Russia's MoD Boosting Search Operation in Tu-154 Plane Crash Area

      The Russian Defense Ministry is drawing more resources in the search operation in the area of Tu-154 aircraft crash, the ministry's spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said Sunday.
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    • 11:10

      Putin Keeps Close Watch on Situation With Crashed Tu-154

      Russian President Vladimir Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia

      Russian President Constantly Informed About Situation With TU-154 Aircraft Crash

      Russian President Vladimir Putin is informed about the new details on the rescue operation of the Russian TU-154 military plane and is waiting for the situation with the crash to be fully clarified, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Sunday.
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    • 11:02

      Nine Journalists Were On Board of Crashed Russian Defense Ministry's Aircraft

      According to the list of passengers, published by the Russian Defense Ministry, nine journalists were among the passengers of the crashed Tu-154. Their colleagues express condolences over the plane crash.

    • 10:51

      Passengers of Crashed Tu-154

      Journalists, military personnel, 64 musicians and the head of the Axandrov Ensemble, an official army ensemble of the Russian Armed Forces, were onboard of the crashed Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154.

      The Russian Defense Ministry published the list of the passengers of the crashed aircraft.

      The plane with some 92 people onboard, including 84 passengers and eight crew members lost contact with land while flying over the Black Sea, the source said.

      The priliminary data shows that the disappeared plane was heading to Syria's Hmeimim airbase. According to the source, the possible reasons for the alleged crash could be technical malfunction or pilot error.

    • 10:14

      Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 Crashed Close to Russia's Anapa, Seven Minutes After Departure - Source

      The source in the law enforcement services also told RIA Novosti that the wreckage of the crashed Tu-154 scattered along the coast around the area of 1.5 km (0.9 miles), at the depths ranging from 50 to 100 (0.3-0.6 miles).

      "According to update information, the Tu-154 crashed in the sea seventh minutes after departure five kilometers from the coast, at depths ranging from 50 to 100 meters, close to Anapa" a spokesman said.

      Tupolev Tu-154

      Russia’s Tu-154 Crashed Seven Minutes After Take Off – Source

      Russia’s Tu-154 aircraft crashed in the Black Sea just under seven minutes after takeoff from the resort city of Sochi, a source in law enforcement agencies told RIA Novosti Sunday.
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    • 10:08
      A Russian military plane crashed in the Black Sea

      First Body Found 6 Km From Sochi Coastline Following Tu-154 Crash in Black Sea

      The first body has been found 6 km from Sochi coastline following the crash of a Russian Tu-154 airplane in the Black Sea, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Sunday.
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    • 10:08
      Tupolev Tu-154

      Update: 92 People Were on Board of Tu-154 That Crashed in Black Sea - MoD

      Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Sunday that a total of 92 people were on board of Tu-154 that crashed in the Black Sea.
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    • 10:07

      Russian Federation Council Excepts Terror Attack as Possible Reason of Crash

      Different reasons, including technical malfunction or a pilot's error can be behind the crash of the Russian Ministry of Defense's Tu-154, but the version of the terror attack is excluded, the chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Viktor Ozerov stated.

      "I rule out version of the terror attack completely. It is the aircraft of the Ministry of Defense, the airspace of the Russian Federation, there can not be such a version," Ozerov said.

      According to him, there are two possible reasons of the tragedy - a technical failure or a piloting error.

      "The plane had to make a U-turn after take-off over the sea, may took the wrong direction," the chairman said.

    • 09:34

      Russian Investigation Committee Launches Criminal Case on the Tu-154 Crash in Black Sea

      The Russian Investigation Committee launched criminal case on the Russian Defense Ministry's plane that crashed in the Black Sea.

      Local media reports, citing the Investigation Committee's representative Svetlana Petrenko, that military investigators seize documents and interrogate persons who prepared the crashed Tu-154 to fly to Syria.

      "We took comprehensive measures to establish all the circumstances of the incident. We are withdrawing preflight documents, interrogating officials who supervised the flight and the technical personnel responsible for the preflight acquisition and refueling" Petrenko said.

      A vehicle of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation

      Russia Investigators Initiate Criminal Case Into Tu-154 Crash in Black Sea

      Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case into the crash of Tu-154 military aircraft in the Black Sea, a representative of the committee said Sunday.
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    • 09:20

      Russian Defense Ministry Confirms Wreckage of Missing Tu-154 Found One Mile From Sochi in Black Sea

      In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry photo, made available on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, Russian Emergency Ministry experts work at the crash site of a Russian passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg in Russia that crashed in Hassana, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

      Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 Crash: Rescuers Find Aircraft's Debris

      Both the Russian Emergencies Ministry and the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the crash of the missing Tu-154, saying that the debris of the aircraft and alleged personal belongings of passengers were discovered in the Black Sea.
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    • 09:13

      Russian Emergencies Ministry Confirms Crash of Missing Tu-154

      Local media reports, citing sources in the Emergencies Ministry of Russia that the ministry confirmed the crash of the missing Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154, saying that the tragedy happened in the Black Sea.

    • 09:04

      Missing TU-154 Crashed in Black Sea, Rescuers Find Debris

      Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 carrying some 91 people crashed in the Black Sea, not far from the Sochi sea coast, sources in the rescue services said local media. The debris of the lost aircraft's chassis found in the area.

      At the site of a Tu-154 crash in the village of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, 138 kilometers away from Rostov-on-Don. The aircraft crashed on August 24, 2004. (File)
      © Sputnik/ Sergey Venyavsky
    • 08:58

      Rescuers Discover Possible Crash Site Near Sochi Seaside

      Russian local media reports, citing sources in the rescue services, that the rescue team discovered the possible crash site at the seaside of Sochi. The sources also say that the plane possibly crash during upward flight and that all the passengers and the crew unlikely to survive the crash. 

      No emergency signal was received from the plane.

    • 08:46

      Seven Vessels, Mi-8 Helicopter Sent for Rescue Operations in Krasnodar

      A source in the law enforcement agencies told RIA Novosti that a Mi-8 helicopter, several vessels were sent from Sochi to the area of the possible crash of missing TU-154. 

      The source also added that that several Ka-32 helicopters and a Mi-8 helicopter in Gelendzhik also set at ready.

    • 08:37
      Tupolev Tu-154

      Russian MoD's Plane Reportedly Disappears From Radars After Takeoff in Sochi

      Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 carrying some 91 people has disappeared from radars after departing from Russia's southern city of Sochi, a source in the country's Emergency Ministry told RIA Novosti.
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