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Russian Military Plane Carrying Performers Crashes Off Sochi

  • Aircraft had 84 registered passengers, 8 crew members
  • Plane was on its way to Latakia in Syria, Tass reported
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A Russian military plane carrying 92 people crashed after taking off from the Black Sea city of Sochi, according to the Defense Ministry.

The Tu-154 aircraft was carrying 84 passengers and eight crew members, the ministry said on its website. The list included 64 musicians and performers from the well-known army choir Alexandrov Ensemble, a philanthropist, military personnel and media representatives. The choir was preparing to entertain soldiers at an airbase near Latakia before the New Year’s holiday, Tass reported.