Russia’s Defence Ministry in a statement hours after a military plane carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea, revealed that nobody survived the incident.
Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a ministry spokesman, told reporters that nobody had survived the ill-end of the plane which was on its way to Syria before it plunged into the Black Sea.
“The area of the crash site has been established. No survivors have been spotted,” he said. An unnamed ministry source told Russian news agencies no life rafts had been found, while another source told the Interfax agency that the plane had not sent an SOS signal.
In televised comments, President Vladimir Putin, speaking in St Petersburg, declared Dec. 26 a national day of mourning.
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