"According to update information, the Tu-154 crashed in the sea seventh minutes after departure five kilometers from the coast, at depths ranging from 50 to 100 meters, close to Anapa" a spokesman said.
Different reasons, including technical malfunction or a pilot's error can be behind the crash of the Russian Ministry of Defense's Tu-154, but the version of the terror attack is excluded, the chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Viktor Ozerov stated.
"I rule out version of the terror attack completely. It is the aircraft of the Ministry of Defense, the airspace of the Russian Federation, there can not be such a version," Ozerov said. According to him, there are two possible reasons of the tragedy - a technical failure or a piloting error. "The plane had to make a U-turn after take-off over the sea, may took the wrong direction," the chairman said.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Sunday that a total of 92 people were on board of Tu-154 that crashed in the Black Sea.