'No sign of survivors' in Russian plane crash

The plane disappeared from radar just minutes after taking off from Sochi

The plane crashed after taking off from Sochi this morning (Wikipedia)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

There is no sign of survivors at the site of the Russian plane crash this morning, according to news agencies.

A military plane carrying 93 people crashed into the Black Sea this morning, having disappeared from radar just two minutes after taking off from Sochi.

The Tu-154 plane disappeared from radar screens at around 2.25am GMT. It was carrying soldiers, journalists and members of a military band, according to Russia's defence ministry.

The plane had embarked from Moscow and stopped in Sochi on its way to Latakia, Syria.

One body has already been found, along with wreckage. The defence ministry said: "Fragments of the Tu-154 plane of the Russian defence ministry were found 1.5km from the Black Sea coast of the city of Sochi at a depth of 50 to 70m (165-230ft)."

The Turkish Government has been quick to send its condolences to Russia, just days after Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov was shot dead in the Turkish capital Ankara.