Moscow, Dec 25: Debris of the Russian military aircraft, Tu-154 carrying 91 that disappeared from radar on Sunday morning has been found in Black Sea. As per report by Russian Defence Ministry, fragments of the aircraft were found 1.5 kilometres from the Black Sea coast of the city of Sochi at a depth of 50 to 70 metres. However, the Russian media earlier reported say the plane disappeared over the sea a few minutes after takeoff.
Tu-154 is a three-engine medium-range airliner produced by Russian aerospace and defence company Tupolev. A BBC report stated that the plane was carrying between 70 and 100 people when it went missing soon after taking off from the Black Sea resort of Sochi. As per recent update, a body has been found in Black Sea.
News agency RT reported that nine journalists along with musicians from the army choir of the Russian Armed Forces, the Alexandrov Ensemble, were aboard the plane. It was reported that the musicians were due to take part in a New Year’s concert at the Russian airbase in Latakia, Syria. 9news.com reported that a total of 83 passengers and eight crew were on board when the plane dropped off radar.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has been coordinating the search efforts via videoconferencing while Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov informed that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been alerted of the incident and is getting live updates on the search and rescue operations.