Russian military plane crashes en route to Syria with 92 on board

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Moscow, December 25
A Russian military plane with 92 people on board has crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria, Russian news agencies reported today, and it was unlikely there would be any survivors. Russian agencies, citing unnamed security sources, said the TU-154 aircraft had crashed in the sea near the southern Russian city of Sochi after disappearing from
radar screens.
The plane was carrying Russian servicemen and members of a renowned military choir and dance ensemble, the Alexandrov Ensemble, who were being flown into Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria to entertain military personnel in the run-up to the new year, the RIA news agency quoted the Defence Ministry as saying.

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