Parts of crashed Russian plane found in Black Sea

Updated: Dec 27, 2016, 09:19 IST | Agencies |

Officials rule out terrorism angle, say flight recorders that could contain information about the plane’s last moments before the crash were located in its tail

Russian rescuer boats patrol off the coast of the Black Sea city of Sochi looking for debris of the TU-154 military plane, which crashed on Sunday while heading to Syria, (below, right) A handout photo taken by the Sentinel-1B satellite shows the site of the mishap. Pics/AFP
Russian rescuer boats patrol off the coast of the Black Sea city of Sochi looking for debris of the TU-154 military plane, which crashed on Sunday while heading to Syria, (below, right) A handout photo taken by the Sentinel-1B satellite shows the site of the mishap. Pics/AFP

Moscow: Russian divers yesterday found parts of the military plane that crashed in the Black Sea with 92 people onboard, a local official said. “The (plane) debris are at the depth of 27 metres one mile from the shore,” said Rimma Chernova, a spokeswoman for the Sochi-based search and rescue operations.

Chernova added that divers were planning to use a remotely-operated diving machine to determine the precise coordinates and size of the plane parts in order to understand what to do next. Officials said earlier that the flight recorders that could contain information about the Tu-154 plane’s last moments before the crash were located in its tail. Meanwhile, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a Defence Ministry spokesman, said 11 bodies had been recovered. The ministry denied a RIA report that some of the dead passengers had been wearing life jackets. He said the sea and air search operation, involving around 3,500 people, was being expanded. Agencies

No bomb found at Moscow railway stations
Russian police said on Monday they had not found any explosive devices at three Moscow railway stations that were evacuated earlier in the day after a bomb scare, the TASS news agency reported. TASS earlier said police had evacuated almost 3,000 people from the Kazansky, Leningradsky and Yaroslavsky railway stations after receiving an anonymous bomb threat. All three stations are located on the same square in central Moscow.

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Divers involved in search and rescue ops

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