Damascus, Dec 26: A Russian military passenger plane with dozens of members of the Red Army Choir and a beloved and prominent charity worker crashed into the Black Sea minutes after it took off en route to a military base in Syria. All 92 passengers on board are believed to have died.
As per reports of the Washington post, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a military spokesman, told reporters in Moscow that no one survived after the aging Soviet-era jet, which had set out from Moscow, crashed shortly after taking off from the Sochi airport. The plane did not send a distress signal.
The pilot was “first-class,” Konashenkov said, and the 33-year-old Tu-154 jet had been serviced recently.
The ill-fated plane was departed from the Russian city of Sochi with nine journalists, military personnel, and musicians from the Alexandrov Ensemble on board.
The musicians were on their way to celebrate the upcoming New Year with air force personnel at the Khmeimim air base near Latakia in western Syria.
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad offered his condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the victims of the Tu-154 plane crash.
As per the Syrian Arab News Agency, Assad said “the news of the crashing of the plane, which was carrying dear friends who were on their way to Syria to share with Syrians their joy of the holidays and the victory in Aleppo, elicited great sadness”, Efe reports.
Assad also offered condolences to the victims’ families and stressed that Syria and Russia are partners in the fight against terrorism and that they share joys and sorrows.