December 25th, 2016.
Russian Military Jet Crashes in the Black Sea-at least 90 Presumed Dead.
A Russian Tupelov 154 military transport aircraft has crashed in the Black Sea minutes after takeoff from Sochi bound for Syria. Russian law enforcement sources are quoted as stating the plane:
“crashed in the sea seven minutes after departure five kilometers from the coast, at depths ranging from 50 to 100 meters, close to Anapa” a spokesman said.” (Source)
The TU154 was carrying 84 passengers and eight crew , several journalists and almost the entire the Alexandrov Ensemble military choir were present on the military flight along with eight Russian soldiers.
Sputnik News are reporting that bodies have been found close to the Sochi coast.
State Department talking head John Kirby and many other current and former US officials have repeatedlywarned Russia of violent retribution for the defeat of the Western proxy forces in Syria on many occasions. If foul play has led to the demise of this aircraft those words may well come to haunt them and the world.
Updated- December 28th.
There were no survivors of the TU154 Black Sea crash. The flight voice and data recorders have been recovered and sources well connected with the Russia government claim that these and other data overwhelmingly point to pilot and/or mechanical error as the cause of the tragedy,
‘The flaps, damn it!’ Last words of doomed Tu-154 flight crew leaked to media — RT News
“According to a source close to investigation speaking to Interfax, initial readings from the black box appear to confirm the pilot error story. “The preliminary analysis of the flight recorder is complete,” said the unnamed source.
“It leads us to conclude that that the version of the catastrophe connected to mistakes made by the pilot of the aircraft, is the main version.”
Published record of the last session with the falling into the Black Sea in Sochi, the Tu-154