154 fragments of aircraft, 11 dead bodies – that’s what Russian rescue teams found so far on the crash site of Tupolev Tu-154, the Russian Air force airplane that crashed over the Black Sea. RIA Novosti reported this with reference to the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation.
Transport plane Il-76 is to take ten bodies and 86 fragments of the aircraft to Moscow, the ministry said.
The search and rescue operation is underway, despite the specific relief of the bottom of the sea and wide range of depths in that area. 3,500 people, 39 ships and seven deep submergence craft are now involved in the search group, which now seeks for aircraft wreckage within the 10-kilometer range.
The authorities deny the version that the disaster took place due to a terrorist act; Russia’s Defense ministry says that the plane operated just fine and there were no malfunctions.
As 112 International reported, Russia’s Tu-154 crashed over the Black Sea on December 25, at about 5 a.m. Kyiv time. The passenger plane, which was on its way from Russia to Syrian airport of Latakia, carried 92 people, 84 passengers and 8 crew members. The passengers were artists of the military academic orchestra, reporters and military men. No one survived.