Flowers and Candles Laid in Tribute to Tu-154 Victims

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 20171 views
Published: January 13, 2017

People in Moscow, Russia, laid flowers and lit candles on December 25 at a statue of Aleksandr Alexandrov, the founder of the Alexandrov Ensemble, members of which were amongst those killed when a Russian military plane crashed into the Black Sea.

The plane that crashed, a Tu-154, was carrying 92 people, including military personnel, members of the press, and 64 members of the Russian army song and dance group the Alexandrov Ensemble, according to <a href="http://function.mil.ru/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12106925@egNews" target="_blank">a list of passengers</a> and crew released by the Russian defense ministry.

Airplane debris and four bodies had been found by early afternoon on December 25, Russian officials said. A large recovery operation was under way involving the Russian defense and emergency ministries.

A technical fault was the probable cause, while pilot error and terrorism were unlikely, according to the Russian defense ministry.

The Russian emergencies ministry <a href="http://www.mchs.gov.ru/dop/info/smi/news/item/33031537/" target="_blank">said</a> it had sent divers who were approved to operate at depths of 20 to 90 meters, and a deep-water search apparatus called Falcon, which could operate at depths of 80 to 110 meters.

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