Christmas Tragedy: Russian Plane Carrying Army Choir, Others Crash Into Black Sea

A Russian passenger plane with 92 people aboard, including a well-known military band, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday minutes after takeoff from the resort city of Sochi, the Defense Ministry said.

The Tu-154, which belonged to the Defense Ministry, was taking the Alexandrov choir to a concert at the Russian air base in Syria.

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A total of 84 passengers and eight crew members were on board the plane when it dropped off of radars minutes after taking off in good weather.

Emergency services found fragments about 1.5 kilometers (less than one mile) from shore at a depth of 50 to 70 meters (165 to 230 feet.) The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known.

Rescuers already have found one body and personal documents belonging to some of those on board.

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