Russian military plane crashes in Black Sea, 'killing 92'
All 92 people on board a Russian military aircraft are feared dead after it crashed into the Black Sea.
The plane disappeared from radar two minutes after taking off from Sochi at 05:25 (02:25 GMT), heading for Latakia in Syria, the russian defence ministry said.
The flight had originated in Moscow and landed at Adler airport in Sochi for refuelling. The Tu-154 was carrying soldiers, reporters and 64 members of the famed Alexandrov military music ensemble who were to perform for Russian troops.
Debris and 11 bodies have been found, with no reports of survivors. More than 100 divers are involved in a round-the-clock search operation at the site of the crash, Russia’s defence ministry says.
Russia’s transport minister says investigators are looking into an “entire spectrum” of possible reasons the crash occurred, including the possibility of a terror attack. Earlier, a Russian official had downplayed any suggestion of a terror attack.
President Vladimir Putin has said Monday will be a day of national mourning.