Russian navy and emergency services continue search in the Black Sea for victims of military plane crash. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Russia expanded a search operation on Monday (December 26) to try to recover passengers' bodies and the jet's black box. The plane, a Russian Defence Ministry TU-154, was carrying dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members to Syria where they were meant to entertain Russian troops in the run-up to the New Year. Nine Russian reporters were also on board as well as military servicemen and Elizaveta Glinka, a prominent member of President Vladimir Putin's advisory human rights council. Russia's defence ministry spokesman said rescuers have been working round-the-clock and their number has been increased. Authorities say soldiers, 39 ships, five helicopters, a drone, and more than 100 divers are scouring the Black Sea coastline.