No survivor found after Russian jet bound for Syria crashes

More than 100 divers are involved in a round-the-clock search operation at the site of the crash, Russia's defence ministry says.

No survivor found after Russian jet bound for Syria crashes

All 92 people on board a Russian military aircraft are feared dead after it crashed into the Black Sea.  Debris and 11 bodies have been found, with no reports of survivors.

Defence ministry said the plane disappeared from radar two minutes after taking off from Sochi at 05:25 (02:25 GMT), heading for Latakia in Syria.

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.

The debris of the plane was found 1.5 km from the coast near Sochi at the depth of 50-70 metres.

The ministry said the plane was carrying the famous Alexandrov military band for a concert at the Russian air base in Syria. A total of 84 passengers and eight crew were on board when the plane dropped off radar early Sunday. Emergency services are searching for the plane, a Soviet-designed three-engine airliner, the ministry said.

Nine journalists were among the passengers, according to the Interfax news agency.

The list of passengers was published on the Defence Ministry’s website. There were 92 people on the plane, including journalists, servicemen, and musicians of the famous Alexandrov ensemble, an official army choir of the Russian armed forces, who flew to congratulate the air group of Russia’s Aerospace Forces at the Hmeymim air base in Syria with the New Year.

Executive Director of the Spravedlivaya Pomoshch (Fair Aid) charity fund Elizaveta Glinka, known as Dr. Liza, was on the list of the passengers. A law enforcement source told TASS, “Dr. Liza was at the Chkalovsky airport at 23.00 yesterday and said that she was departing and would be in Latakia in the morning.” He said that Dr. Liza planned to visit the Tishrin hospital in downtown Latakia where she was last time some six months ago.