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.
Orthodox memorial services for the victims of the Tu-154 plane crash will be held on Thursday at all churches in Sochi, the city administration announced in a statement.
In late December, Russia's Tu-154 passenger plane crashed in the Black Sea. None of the 92 people aboard survived.
UK journalist Graham Phillips said Thursday that he was going to finalize the work on a film about Russian humanitarian activist Elizaveta Glinka, known as Doctor Liza, who died in an airplane crash last month, in two weeks.
An evening dedicated to the memory of the Tu-154 plane crash victims has been held in the Basilica di Santa Maria in Montesanto in Rome.
Lt. Gen. Valery Khalilov, the artistic director of the famous Alexandrov Ensemble, died in the crash of a Tu-154 plane on December 25.
All Tu-154 aircraft in Russia are suspended after the Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 plane heading from Moscow to Syria crashed shortly after refueling and take-off from the Russian southern city of Adler, near Sochi.
Russia's Tu-154 military plane that crashed into the Black Sea last week almost completely disintegrated after hitting the water surface, the Russian transport minister told reporters on Thursday.
According to a security services source, rescuers have recovered and passed to the military what they believe is film belonging to a third flight data recorder belonging to Russia's Tu-154 aircraft that crashed in the Black Sea.
According to a source in the security services, rescuers have been unable to find the third Russian Defense Ministry's Tu-154 flight recorder in the Black Sea yet.
According to a law enforcement source, specialists have finished the main phase of the search and rescue operation at the site of the crash of the Tu-154 aircraft in the Black Sea.
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.
A possible flap failure could have caused the Tu-154 Russian military plane to crash in the Black Sea, claiming the lives of more than 90 people on December 25, media reports said.
According to a source in the security services, 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.
The preliminary analysis of data from the flight recorder allows to narrow down the list of possible causes of the Tu-154 plane crash in the Black Sea, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
The location of two remaining recorders of the crashed Tu-154 plane has been determined, but they have not yet been brought to surface, according to a security source.
Three more fragments of crashed Tu-154, including the Engine and landing gear, have been discovered in the Black Sea, Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
Sergei Shoigu said that Russian Defense Ministry is doing its best to investigate the causes of the deadly plane crash in the Black Sea.
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