A Russian military jet crashes en route to Syria carrying dozens of the Red Army Choir. The defence ministry says there are no survivors. Craig McCulloch reports.
A Russian military plane has gone down in the Black Sea - all 92 passengers, presumed dead, according to officials. The jet had been en route to Russia's air base in Syria Sunday morning, carrying dozens of the renowned Red Army Choir, set to entertain troops in the run-up to the New Year. The high-profile philanthropist, Elizaveta Glinka, is also believed to have been on board. The Defence Force says the plane disappeared from radar screens at about 0530, just minutes after taking off from southern Russia. President Vladimir Putin, offering his condolences, and ordering an investigation into the cause of the crash. The Kremlin says it's too early to know what went wrong, but Russian media report sources saying the possibility of a militant act has been ruled out. Rescue teams now scouring the waters, with fragments of the plane being found about 1 and a half kilometres from the coast. Local media say some bodies have also been recovered.