Emergency Services Conduct Search After Crash of Tu-154

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 20172 views
Published: January 13, 2017

Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations <a href="http://www.mchs.gov.ru/dop/info/smi/news/item/33031700/" target="_blank">said on December 25</a> that nine vessels and 48 divers were involved in a search for a military plane that crashed into the Black Sea two minutes after taking off from Sochi, Russia, that morning.

The Tu-154 plane was carrying 92 people, including military personnel, members of the press, and 64 members of a Russian army song and dance group, the Alexandrov Ensemble, according to a <a href="http://function.mil.ru/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12106925@egNews" target="_blank">list of passengers and crew</a> 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 depth of 20 to 90 meters, and deep-water search apparatus called Falcon, which could operate at depths of 80 to 110 meters.

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