MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, a Russian Defense Ministry Tu-154 plane heading from Moscow to Syria with 92 people on board disappeared from radar shortly after refueling and take-off from the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. Fragments of the plane were discovered off the shore of Sochi. The musicians from the choir and nine journalists were on board of the aircraft that was en route to Hmeymim airbase in Syria for a New Year concert.
The musicians from the choir and nine journalists were on board of the aircraft that was traveling from Moscow to "A list of persons on board of the aircraft includes the head [of the ensemble], Valery Mikhaylovich Halilov," the statement read.
Nine Russian journalists and two civil servants were also on board of the plane.
Russia's Channel One, NTV and Zvezda broadcaster have confirmed that their journalists were among the passengers of the aircraft.