A little over a week ago, Dec. 15th, a Russian ambassador was killed .. the reason the Muslim killed the ambassador is because of Russia’s involvement in the Syrian Civil War. Just days after the brutal murder, a Syrian-bound Russian airplane mysteriously crashed. The plane has 92 people on board. This is really sketchy that the plane just happens to crash.
Moscow (AFP) – A Russian military plane crashed Sunday in the Black Sea as it made its way to Syria with 92 people onboard, including Red Army Choir members heading to celebrate the New Year with troops.
Local news agencies, citing the defence ministry, said the Tu-154 plane had crashed shortly after take-off from the southern city of Adler at 5:40 am local time (0240 GMT).
Defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Russian news agencies that one body had been recovered six kilometres off the coast of the resort city of Sochi, as a frantic search operation continued to hunt for the missing.
“Fragments of the Tu-154 plane of the Russian defence ministry were found 1.5 kilometres from the Black Sea coast of the city of Sochi at a depth of 50 to 70 metres,” the ministry said.
The plane had been on a routine flight to Russia’s Hmeimim airbase in western Syria, which has been used to launch air strikes in Moscow’s military campaign supporting its ally President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s devastating civil war.
Among the 84 passengers of the plane were Russian servicemen as well as members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, the army’s official musical group internationally known as the Red Army Choir, who were headed to Syria to participate in New Year celebrations at the airbase.
There were also eight crew members onboard, the ministry said.
Nine journalists were among the passengers, with state-run channels Pervy Kanal, NTV and Zvezda saying they each had three staff onboard the flight.
– ‘Too early’ –
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told news agencies that President Vladimir Putin had been informed of the situation and was being kept updated on the search operation.
“It’s too early to say anything,” agencies quoted Peskov as saying, adding that Putin was in constant contact with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.
“The president is waiting for the picture to be clear.”
Konashenkov said that Deputy Defence Minister Pavel Popov had flown to Adler along with a team tasked with clarifying the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Russia’s Investigative Committee said a criminal probe had been launched to determine whether violations of air transportation safety had led to the crash.
Investigators are currently questioning the technical personnel responsible for preparing the plane for take-off, the committee said.
Tu-154 aircraft have been involved in a number of accidents in the past.
In April 2010 many high-ranking Polish officials, including then president Lech Kaczynski, were killed when a Tu-154 airliner went down in thick fog while approaching the Smolensk airport in western Russia.
Moscow has been conducting a bombing campaign in Syria in support of Assad since September 2015 and has taken steps to boost its presence in the country.
In October, Putin approved a law ratifying Moscow’s deal with Damascus to deploy its forces in the country indefinitely, firming up Russia’s long-term presence in Syria.
Russian warplanes have flown out of the Hmeimim base to conduct air strikes, and the base is also home to an S-400 air defence system.
The first reports claimed 83 were aboard but newest reports say there were 92 aboard.
As you see, most reports say 92 were aboard but this report [below] says 91. The bottom line is, over 90 were aboard the flight .. most likely 92.
This Twitter user has some fishy feelings about this news.
She’s not the only one who is feeling sketchy after this plane crash. It’s very sketchy that the plane crash took place so close to all of those events … in this tweet BELOW, you see that most of the people aboard were them
OBVIOUSLY, Russia President Vladimir Putin is being updated on the situation. A spokesman for the Kremlin said that Putin is being informed about the new details on the rescue operation of the Russian TU-154 military plane and is waiting for the situation with the crash to be fully clarified before he makes his statements. The TU-154 aircraft apparently crashed after 7 minutes of flight. Click Here to see some footage of the rescue operations taking place.
Earlier in the day, a Russian Defense Ministry Tu-154 plane on route to Syria with 92 people on board disappeared from radar shortly after take-off from the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. Fragments of the plane were discovered off the shore of Sochi.
Russia President Vladimir Putin expressed his deepest condolences to the victims’ families.
This situation is saddening and bizarre. We will keep you updated here at The Patriotic Perspective. Stay tuned.