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    A candle is placed in front of a picture of Tu-154 plane, to commemorate passengers and crew members of Russian military plane, which crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday, at the Sochi International Airport (Sochi-Adler Airport) in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russia, December 26, 2016

    Commemoration Ceremony for Victims of 2016 Tu-154 Plane Crash Takes Place in US

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    The second commemoration ceremony for the victims of the Tu-154 plane crash that killed 92 people, including musicians of the Alexandrov Ensemble, near the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 2016, took place in the US state of New Jersey, First Secretary of the Russian Mission to the United Nations, Fedor Strzhizhovskiy, told Sputnik on Saturday.

    The laying wreaths ceremony was attended by the city's mayor and a representative of the US Orthodox church, as well as by Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Petr Iliichev and a representative of Virginia state senator Richard Black.

    The commemoration event took place near the Tear of Grief, a monument by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli, which was presented by the Russian government to the United States as an official gift after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

    Retrieved wreckage of the Tu-154 aircraft which crashed into the Black Sea near Sochi
    Press-service of Russian Emergency Situations Ministry
    The first such ceremony took place in January 2017, several days after the tragedy.

    On December 25, 2016, 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. The plane was carrying 92 people, including eight crew members, 64 musicians of the Alexandrov Ensemble, nine journalists, head of Spravedlivaya Pomoshch (Fair Aid) charity Elizaveta Glinka, and two federal civil servants. None of them survived the crash.

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