Russian Tu-154 aircraft with 91 people aboard missing over the Black Sea, the Defense ministry says
Journalists & musicians were aboard due to take part in a New Year's concert at Russian airbase in Syria - MoD
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was personally coordinating the rescue efforts, and President Vladimir Putin has received official reports on the incident.
|Aircraft belonging to Russia's Defense Ministry with at least 91 onboard disappears from radar after departure in Sochi (TASS) |
Unconfirmed reports say missing Russian plane was flying to Syria's Latakia province
A Russian plane carryingat least 91 people on board has disappeared from radar just minutes after take-off from Sochi, the BBC reported on Sunday citing Russian media sources.
A sources at the defense ministry said that there were 83 passengers and 8 crew members on board, and that search and rescue groups had been dispatched to locate the missing Tu-154.
“Unconfirmed reports say the aircraft belongs to the defense ministry, flying to Syria's Latakia province. Russian officials have so far made no comment,” the BBC reported.
According to Interfax news agency, the plane disappeared from radar 20 minutes after take-off from the Black Sea resort of at 05:20 local time.
The aircraft went missing over Russia's territorial waters, the source told Interfax.
[With AFP and Reuters]