Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 25 December 2016, 19:05 hrs, UTC, Post #61.
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According to Reuters and the BBC, a Russian TU-154 military aircraft with 92 on board crashed today (02:25 hrs, UTC) near the city of Sochi. There were no survivors. Recovery operations are underway.
The aircraft was carrying medical personnel, soldiers, and members of the famed Alexandrov Military Music Ensemble. According to Ministry of Transportation officials in Moscow, the TU-154 was headed to Latakia, Syria for a holiday celebration with Russian forces stationed in Syria.
According to the BBC and Reuters, Russian officials are investigating all possible causes of the tragedy, including possible terrorist involvement:
“Russia’s transport minister says investigators are looking into an “entire spectrum” of possible reasons the crash occurred, including the possibility of a terror attack.
Earlier, a Russian official had downplayed any suggestion of a terror attack.
President Vladimir Putin has said Monday will be a day of national mourning.
The flight had originated in Moscow and landed at Adler airport in Sochi for refuelling.
The defence ministry said in a statement: “Fragments of the Tu-154 plane of the Russian defence ministry were found 1.5km (one mile) from the Black Sea coast of the city of Sochi at a depth of 50 to 70m (165-230ft).”
Ministry spokesman Maj-Gen Igor Konashenkov said: “No survivors have been spotted.””
Terrorists have targeted Russian civil and military aircraft before with devastating results. The most recent incident involved the loss of a Russian aircraft over the Sinai Peninsula with more than 200 tourists on board.
The Russians are relearning a lesson painfully experienced by the United States, France, and Germany–the terrorist reach is truly worldwide.
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