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Russian plane crash: search team recovered 11 bodies, search operation continues

The Russian Defense Ministry denies the information that several bodies were found wearing life jackets.
Russian plane crash: search team recovered 11 bodies, search operation continues

Eleven bodies of the passengers of the crashed Russian Tu-154 aircraft were recovered by the search team at the crash site in the Black Sea near the city of Sochi in southern Russia, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Russian media.

The bodies have been taken to Moscow for genetic examination, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

The ministry also denied the information from anonymous sources that several bodies were found wearing life jackets.

At the scene, divers also found and lifted up two aircraft control mechanism elements of the crashed Tu-154, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

They also found 154 fragments of the wreckage of the aircraft at the bottom of the Black Sea at a distance of 1,700 meters from the shore and at depth of about 30 meters.

The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said to journalists that the investigation considers technical malfunction, engine failure or pilot error as the most likely causes of the crash.

A massive search operation is continuing at the site of the tragedy: 3,500 people, 45 ships, 5 helicopters, and drones are involved.

The Russian Defense Ministry aircraft bound for Syria crashed on Sunday near Sochi. Eight crew members and 84 passengers were on board, nobody survived.

The Tu-154 disappeared from radars at 5:25 a.m. (0225 GMT), two minutes after taking off from the Adler airport in southern Russia.

64 members of the renowned Russian army’s choir – the Alexandrov Ensemble were among the passengers of the plane.

A nationwide day of mourning was declared on Monday for the victims of the tragedy.