Tu-154 crash: another 19 bodies recovered

18:39, 29 December 2016

The rescue team picked another 19 dead bodies from the bottom of the Black Sea where the Russian Tu-154 collapsed on Sunday.

The search and rescue operation is over. Its results of the governmental investigation commission are to be summed up today in Moscow. Local media report that the new wreckage of the engine may help to throw the light on the causes of crash and to elaborate the final version of what happened. The onboard recorders do not give any additional information – the third black box appeared to be completely destroyed.

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. The main versions of the crash are pilot's error and technical malfunction.