Most of the passengers were members of the famous army choir of the Russian armed forces, the Alexandrov Ensemble, who were traveling from Moscow to Hmeymim airbase in Syria to put on a New Year concert for Russian troops deployed there. Nine journalists of Russia’s TV channels and famous Russian humanitarian activist Elizaveta Glinka, also known as Dr. Lisa, were aboard the plane as well. The search operation in currently underway.
On Sunday morning, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Tu-154 aircraft en route to Syria with 92 people on board crashed into the Black Sea shortly after refueling at an airport in the Russian resort city of Adler. Fragments of the plane were discovered 1 mile from the sea shore of Sochi.