MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia held a nationwide day of mourning on Monday, a day after a Syria-bound army aircraft crashed into the Black Sea killing all 92 folks on board, and expanded a search operation to attempt to get better passengers’ our bodies and the jet’s black field.
The aircraft, a Russian Protection Ministry TU-154, was carrying dozens of Crimson Military Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members to Syria the place they had been meant to entertain Russian troops within the run-up to the New Yr.
9 Russian reporters had been additionally on board in addition to army servicemen and Elizaveta Glinka, a distinguished member of President Vladimir Putin’s advisory human rights council.
Flags had been flown at half-mast on Monday, mourners positioned flowers on the airport in Sochi, southern Russia, the place the aircraft took off from, and in entrance of the Moscow headquarters of the Russian Military’s Alexandrov tune and dance troupe.
Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov instructed reporters on Monday that pilot error or a technical fault had been the probably explanations for the tragedy.
“The principle variations (for the crash) don’t embody the concept of a terrorist act,” Sokolov instructed a information convention in Sochi, the RIA information company reported. “So we’re engaged on the belief that the explanations for the disaster may have been technical or a pilot error.”
The jet, a Soviet-era Tupolev aircraft inbuilt 1983, had been carrying 84 passengers and eight crew members.
Main-Basic Igor Konashenkov, a Protection Ministry spokesman, mentioned on Monday that 11 our bodies had been recovered to this point and that a large sea and air search operation involving round three,500 folks was being expanded.
Thirty 9 ships, 5 helicopters, a drone, and greater than 100 divers had been concerned, he mentioned, and troopers had been scouring the Black Sea shoreline as effectively.
(Reporting by Andrew Osborn; Modifying by Andrey Ostroukh)