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    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 defence ministry said.

    Debris and 11 bodies have been found, with no reports of survivors.

    The Tu-154 was carrying soldiers, reporters and 64 members of the famed Alexandrov military music ensemble who were to perform for Russian troops.

    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.

    The flight had originated in Moscow and landed at Adler airport in Sochi for refuelling.

    The defence ministry said in a statement: "Fragments of the Tu-154 plane of the Russian defence ministry were found 1.5km (one mile) from the Black Sea coast of the city of Sochi at a depth of 50 to 70m (165-230ft)."

    Ministry spokesman Maj-Gen Igor Konashenkov said: "No survivors have been spotted."

    Russian military plane crashes in Black Sea, 'killing 92' - BBC News

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    So sad a bit of joy to the serving men is taken away, if this had been an entertainment group from the West the media would have had their stories as leading news.

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    Russian Officials Doubt Terrorism Behind Plane Crash that Killed 92

    Russia held a national day of mourning Monday to honor the 92 people who died Sunday when the military plane they were on crashed into the Black Sea on its way from Sochi to a Russian military base in Syria.

    There were no survivors when the 33-year-old Tu-154 aircraft fell from the sky. The cause of the crash is not yet known, but Russian officials said it was not likely the result of terrorism.

    Among the victims were 68 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, a military choir, orchestra and dance group that was to give a New Year’s performance for Russian airmen at the military base near Latakia.

    Mourners in Moscow lit candles and left flowers outside a concert hall where the group performed.

    A Russian video news agency showed mourners gathered on the Black Sea coast laying flowers, lighting candles, and dropping cloves into the water during a vigil on the Grafskaya piers in Sevastopol to honor the victims of the disaster.

    Vladimir Kuznetsov, a former member of the Alexandrov Ensemble, came to pay his respects to the victims.

    "I know all of them. I cannot believe it, can't collect myself," Kuznetsov told AFP.

    "They knew us all over the world, we went everywhere," he said of the group, while holding a candle in a plastic cup.

    Russia state television cancelled entertainment programs and broadcast black-and-white pictures of the victims.

    Journalists, activist among victims

    Nine Russian journalists and a well-known human rights activist, Elizaveta Glinka, known as "Dr. Liza," were among those killed.Glinka was said to be taking medical supplies to help victims of the nearly six-year Syrian conflict.

    Remains of victims began returning to Russia on Monday as a massive search operation involving dozens of ships and aircraft was underway for recovering wreckage.

    Mechanical problems or human error suspected


    Russian media reports speculated on possible causes such as a technical problem or human error, or that the plane may have been overloaded.

    “The Tu-154 has not been manufactured for quite a while and the Ministry of Defense was practically the only user of the aircraft,” said Maxim Pyadushkin, managing director of Air Transport Observer magazine.

    “But the Defense Ministry stated that it had passed through the capital maintenance, that means its condition was under control. We can't so far state whether there were some technical issues. The results of the investigation will show. It is difficult to say so far how adequately the pilots were acting. The results of the investigation, as well as the black boxes deciphering, will show that.”

    Russian officials were quick to rule out a terrorist attack, despite concerns that Russia’s intervention in Syria has made it more a target for extremists.

    Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was assassinated last Tuesday in Ankara by a police officer apparently motivated by the Russia-backed assault on Aleppo by Syrian forces.

    Russia has defended its backing Syrian forces as a fight against terrorism, while critics say rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were the main target.

    Some Russian media reports said victims of Sunday’s crash were found in lifejackets, indicating that a sudden explosion from a bomb was unlikely.

    “A version about a terrorist act is so far a mere assumption,” said Pyadushkin. “Only investigation could provide some proof. One would like to hope that the Russian aviation commission together with the military could conduct an efficient investigation of the catastrophe.”

    Russian Officials Doubt Terrorism Behind Plane Crash that Killed 92

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    Among the victims were 68 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble. Damn, that's sad.


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    Russia Mounts Massive Search for Victims of Crashed Plane

    MOSCOW —
    A Russian search and recovery operation is continuing around the clock in the Black Sea where a military passenger plane crashed Sunday, killing all 92 people on board.

    Forty-five ships and 135 divers from across Russia found parts of the jet about 1.5 kilometers from shore and 25 meters under the sea Monday, the Emergency Situations Ministry reported. At least 11 bodies were also recovered and sent to Moscow.

    But the plane's black boxes have yet to be located.

    More Russia Mounts Massive Search for Victims of Crashed Plane

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    Russia plane crash: Flight recorder 'reveals faulty wing flaps to blame'

    The main flight recorder from the Russian jet that crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday has revealed that faulty flaps were to blame, Russian media say.

    The flaps, panels on the wings that help lift an aircraft, were not moving together, a source close to the probe told the private Interfax news agency.

    The pro-Kremlin Life news website says this led the pilots to lose control as the plane was at a "critical angle".

    It also quoted the crew's last words, including: "The flaps, hell... !"

    Russia plane crash: Flight recorder 'reveals faulty wing flaps to blame' - BBC News


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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The flight had originated in Moscow and landed at Adler airport in Sochi for refuelling.
    "Adler" is an odd name for a Russian airport.

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    Why? Russia always had a huge Jewish population. They don't all live in Israel now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Why? Russia always had a huge Jewish population. They don't all live in Israel now.
    I didn't know "Adler" was a Jewish name. I thought it was German or something.

    It's not named after Alfred Adler is it?

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