After a Russian military plane en route to Syria with 92 on board had reportedly crashed, rescue operations say no survivors were found.
The crash was the second national tragedy that week. On Sunday, the Russian military plane was carrying 92 members of the Red Army Choir as well as a charity worker was en route to Syria.
Minutes after the plane took off from a rest stop in Sochi, it crashed into the Black Sea. A new report shows that all 92 people on board were found dead.
This happened only six days after the Russian ambassador in Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was publicly assassinated by a man who had said, “Do not forget about Aleppo.” Further investigations are yet to show whether he acted alone.
Cause of Crash
By Sunday evening, the cause of the crash had not yet been determined. According to Russia’s special Investigative Committee, officials were saying terrorism wasn’t likely to be the cause.
A criminal investigation was nonetheless opened, in order to consider all possibilities.
“Of course, the entire spectrum and almost any possible causes . . . are being probed, but it is premature now to speak about this” as a terrorist act, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said.
He said this to reporters in Sochi, a Black Sea resort where the plane had stopped in order to refuel.
According to Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a military spokesman, the plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Sochi, without sending a distress signal.
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Monday “a national day of mourning,” and promised that the details of the crash will be investigated very carefully.
Defense Ministry officials and rop-ranking legislators have been assuring the public throughout the day that a terrorist never could have done anything where the plane first took off.
However, later on, officials revealed that the plane was scheduled to refuel at a military base in Mozdok, Russia, but had instead rerouted to Sochi due to weather.
However, the Interfax news agency, quoting a military source, said that the airport in Sochi also had heavy security.