- 25 December 201619:12 GMTOfficials are not considering a terrorist act to have been the prime cause of the incident, a source told Interfax. It added that the crashed plane was initially supposed to refuel in the city of Mozdok, North Ossetia, but due to bad weather redirected to the airport at the Black Sea coast resort of Adler. After landing the aircraft was guarded until it departed for Syria.
- 18:58 GMTThe ill-fated plane bound for Syria “was technically sound,” Russian defense ministry flight security service head, Sergey Baynetov, said. He added that the first pilot of the plane, Roman Volkov, had completed numerous flights taking the same route.
- 18:27 GMTThe weather will be conducive to the search and rescue operation at the crash site area, the head of the hydro-meteorological centre in Krasnodar region told TASS.
- 18:10 GMTIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his grief over the tragedy during a telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- 18:03 GMTRescue workers discovered the body of the 11th victim of the plane crash, the Russian defense ministry told Interfax.
- 17:20 GMTThe Russian emergencies ministry released a fresh video of the search and rescue operation in the Black Sea. The footage shows vessels, boats and helicopters scouring the suspected crash site area for the Tu-154's debris.
- 17:14 GMTThe investigators are looking into all possible causes of the crash, but it is still “too early” to pinpoint, Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov, said. "The Investigative Committee is looking at various theories. Naturally, it is considering the entire spectrum and any possible reasons that might have led to the crash," he said.
- 16:52 GMTPolish President Andrzej Duda expressed his condolences to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. Duda called the presumed death of the members of the Alexandrov Ensemble “an irreplaceable loss for Russian culture,” TASS reports.
- 16:51 GMTThe Russian Defense Ministry's technical committee will look into the qualifications of the ill-fated plane's pilots. “As part of a technical investigation of the Defense Ministry, all these questions will be examined,” Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov told journalists. He added that according to his information, the captain of the plane “had enough flight hours”under his belt.
- 16:31 GMTThe search and rescue operation will continue throughout the night and could be lengthy, Sokolov said. He added that rescuers will have to look for the black boxes of the crashed Tu-154 at the sea bottom, since they are not equipped with special responders to help track them.da "rt.com"
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Tupolev-154 plane with 84 passengers and eight crew on board crashed shortly after take-off from Sochi. A search operation is underway.....
A Tupolev-154 plane with 84 passengers and eight crew on board crashed shortly after take-off from Sochi. A search operation is underway.