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Russia mourns 92 victims of plane crash

Russia mourns 92 victims of plane crashA Russian military plane carrying members of the army's official choir traveling to perform in Syria has crashed in the Black Sea near Sochi.

The Tu-154 transport plane had 92 people on board, including 84 passengers and eight crew members.

It went missing over the Black Sea shortly after refueling at an airport near Sochi. Most of the passengers on board were members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, the official choir of the Russian Armed Forces.

They were traveling from Moscow to the Russian military base in Khmeimim near Latakia, Syria, to take part in a Christmas celebration with the troops deployed there. The head of the choir, conductor, and composer Valery Khalilov, was also onboard.

The passenger list released by the Defense Ministry also includes Elizaveta Glinka, a revered charity activist and humanitarian worker best known by her nickname “Doctor Liza.”

Some 3,500 people are currently working in three shifts in the rescue operations in the area of the Tu-154 plane crash in Sochi.

On Monday Russia is observing a nationwide day of mourning for the victims of the Tu-154 crash.
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