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    December 26, 2016

    Full Coverage - Crash of T-154 in Sochi

    December 26th, 2016 - Fort Russ News - 
    - By - Joaquin Flores - 



    On the morning of December 25th, the Russian defence force Tu-154 aircraft went down in the Black Sea after takeoff from the Adler airport, in the area of Sochi, Russia.

    Those who witnessed the crash of the Tu-154 in Sochi were interviewed by members of the FSB investigation team, according to the FSB spokesperson.

    As of the morning of December 26th, various official Russian an international news agencies began to report that the wreckage of the flight was found.  In the area of the search operation at a distance of 1700 meters from the shoreline, at the bottom the wreckage of the Tu-154 was found, the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement.



    "In the area of ​​the search operation at a distance of 1700 meters from the shoreline on the axis of the take-off divers found the wreckage of the aircraft at the bottom,", the department released in a statement.

    Two pieces of the control mechanism have also been found, which will aid investigators in determining the cause of the disaster. 

    Victims

    There were 92 people on board. Among them there were 9 journalists, 64 musician of the Alexandrov Ensemble, armed forces and the head of the humanitarian NGO Spravedlivaya Pomoshch (Russian for Fair Aid or Fair Help), Elizaveta Glinka.

    They were sent to the Latakia air base in western Syria to congratulate Russian forces with the upcoming holidays and to support them in the difficult conditions of carrying out their duty. Elizaveta Glinka also repeatedly participated in different humanitarian operations.



    Mourning the loss

    President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, chairing the 2016 Supreme Eurasian Economic Council,  expressed condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian people and the relatives of those killed in the crash of Tu-154, on behalf of the heads of states-members of the EurAsEC .


    "Unfortunately, today our meeting is taking place in an environment where in Russia we are mourning for those 92 citizens killed, in the prime of life, creative people. I think that we all, heads of state, express sincere condolences on this occasion, Vladimir Vladimirovich, to you, the Russian people, and to all the relatives and friends of the Russian citizens, "Nazarbayev said, speaking at a meeting of the Board.

    Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan also expressed condolences on behalf of himself and his countrymen.


    About a thousand people from Crimea came to a memorial service in St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Simferopol for the victims of the crash of Tu-154 in the Black Sea, RIA Novosti reported.

    The liturgy was attended by the head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov and the head of the Crimean parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, Crimean musicians from professional choirs, residents and guests of the republic were in attendance.

    "When people leave this life - it is a tragedy for all, and for the families and for the country, but here, including the color of our culture has been a lot of distinguished people, those who promoted the prestige of Russia abroad," - said Aksenov to reporters after requiem.

    The head of the republic once again brought condolences to the relatives of those killed in the plane crash.


    The main theories of investigators
    A government commission headed by Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov is considering two main theories for this accident: technical failure or a pilot error. However, there are a lot of questions concerning hem. First of all, the Tu-154 is one of the most reliable aircraft in history: of 1,041,000 flight hours there is one accident. In comparison with the Boeing 737 with one crash per 507,500 flight hours, it occurs half as often.

    There aren’t also any preconditions for an incident, despite the age of the aircraft it is properly maintained, which is necessarily carried out by the Ministry of Defence.  The qualification of pilots of the Russian Defense Ministry doesn’t cause any doubts either. Moreover, the weather at the period of the takeoff was good, the visibility was clear.


    Act of terrorism

    The theory of an act of terrorism is not completely swept aside, but is not also considered as a priority at this point.

    However, this theory can not be excluded because of the extremely dissatisfied influential circles of the global financial elites and the outgoing US administration, with the Russian Air Forces operations in Syria. This event is likely to be put on a par with the incident with the downed the Su-24 and the murder of the Russian ambassador in Ankara.



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