Russian army aircraft crashes, killing 92

A Russian military plane headed to Syria crashed into the Black Sea early Sunday, killing all 84 passengers and eight crew members aboard.

The plane was carrying many Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, according to Reuters.

The plane disappeared from radar screens moments after taking off from a refueling stop in Sochi, Russia.

“The area of the crash site has been established. No survivors have been spotted,” Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said.

Russian media reported that no life rafts had been found and the plane did not send an SOS signal, according to Reuters.

The crash was initially thought to be due to a technical issue or pilot error, but an attack was not ruled out, Reuters reported, citing Russian media.

The Alexandrov Ensemble, best known as the Red Army Choir, was being flown to a Russian air base in Syria to entertain troops for the holidays.

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