The flight data recorder of the Russian military airliner which crashed in the black sea soon after take-off from an airport near the city of Sochi on Sunday has been found.
It is the first “black box” to be found from the Tu-154 jet, which came down with the loss of all 92 passengers and crew.
It disappeared from radar two minutes after taking off from Sochi’s Adler airport at 05:25 (02:25 GMT) on Sunday, heading for Latakia in Syria.
Coming from Moscow, the plane had landed in Sochi for refuelling.
It was carrying 64 members of the famed Alexandrov military music ensemble, as well as one of Russia’s best-known humanitarian figures, Yelizaveta Glinka, known as Dr Liza, executive director of the Fair Aid charity.
The Alexandrov Ensemble had been scheduled to perform a New Year’s concert at Russia’s Hmeimim air base near Latakia in Syria.
Russia has been carrying out air strikes in support of Syrian government forces who are battling rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
According to the source, the location of a second black box had also been established and it could be recovered shortly.
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