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Christmas tragedy: 92 killed as Russian plane crashes



All 92 passengers onboard a Russian military plane have been confirmed dead after the aircraft crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday.

Remains of the victims were said to have been recovered.
According to a report from the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Tu-154 was said to be conveying soldiers, reporters and 64 members of the famed Alexandrov military music ensemble who were to perform for the Russian troops.

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

The plane was said to have disappeared from the radar two minutes after taking off from Sochi at 05.25 (02.25 GMT), heading for Latakia in Syria.
An audio recording played on Russian media and said to be the final conversation between air traffic controllers and the pilot reveals no sign of any difficulties being faced by the crew.
Voices remain calm until the plane disappears and the controllers try in vain to re-establish contact.
Reports from the area said flying conditions were favourable.
President Vladimir Putin had said Monday would be a day of national mourning.

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