A TUPOLEV TU-154 AIRPLANE SIMILAR TO THIS ONE IN THE PICTURE CRASHED IN THE BLACK SEA- KILLING ALL 92 PEOPLE ON BOARD
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Article posted by: White Nation correspondent London – December 24 2016
A HORRIFFIC tragedy took place off the Sochi coast this morning. The cultural treasure of Russia, – the Alexandrov Red Army Chorus crashed in an air accident on the way to Hmeimim air base in Syria minutes after departing from Sochi. The TU-154 belonging to the Russian MoD collapsed in the air at 5.27am msk for yet unknown reason and fell into the sea. The rescue teams are currently searching for possible survivors, but the chances are minimal.
A Russian aircraft bound for Syria carrying a famed military band to entertain Russia’s forces there crashed into the Black Sea moments after takeoff Sunday, and the authorities said all 92 people aboard were believed dead. The cause of the crash is under investigation, although initial Russian news media reports indicated it was a technical failure rather than terrorism. The Russian military has had only minor casualties throughout its deployment in Syria, but the country has experienced a series of setbacks in recent days. On Monday, the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated at an art exhibit in Ankara, with the killer yelling “don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!”
The famous Alexandrov Red Army Chorus- many of them now dead in a plane crash
There were all but three soloists of the Chorus, headed by the director Lieutenant General Valeriy Khalilov, as well as several instrumentalists, on board (64 in total). They were about to give the New Year concert to the Russian contractors in Syria. Three press teams of 9 men from the First, NTV and Zvezda channels accompanied the Chorus. As a final shocking detail, it was reported that Elizaveta Glinka, the famous “Doctor Liza”, who became internationally known for providing critical humanitarian assistance in Donbass since 2014 and chair of the charity foundation “Fair Help”, was present on the same board attending the medical cargo designated for the university hospital in Tishrin, Latakia. A catastrophic, irretrievable loss.
A memorial service was held for the crash victims
President Vladimir V. Putin deployed Russian armed forces in Syria in September 2015, ostensibly to fight terrorism but primarily to prop up President Bashar al-Assad, the leader of the lone remaining Russian ally in the region, whose forces have been fighting an insurgency for nearly six years. Russian forces have been instrumental in helping the Damascus government regain the initiative, with the final rebels expelled from the besieged city of Aleppo on Thursday. Three journalists from Channel One, Russia’s main television station, were on the plane, as were journalists from the Zvezda and NTV television networks, news reports said. Yelizaveta P. Glinka, a prominent Russian philanthropist and a member of the presidential council on human rights and civil society, was also on the list of people on board. Mr. Putin recently honored Mrs. Glinka with a state award for her human rights and charity work. Valery V. Khalilov, the ensemble’s artistic director, was also on the plane, according to the list of passengers.
Renowned Russian humanitarian and charity activist Elizaveta Glinka, widely known as “Dr. Liza,” is feared dead after boarding the plane bound for Syria that crashed Sunday morning off the Sochi coast.
Mr. Putin expressed his condolences to relatives of the victims, and he declared Monday a national day of mourning.( Link) (Christmas is not celebrated as an official holiday in Russia on Dec. 25, because the Russian Orthodox Church observes it on Jan. 7.) “First of all, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the families of our citizens, who died today, as a result of an aviation catastrophe over the Black Sea this morning,” Mr. Putin said in St. Petersburg, according to remarks published on the Kremlin’s website. He also ordered Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev to establish a state commission, headed by the transportation minister, Maxim Sokolov, to investigate the crash. The Defense Ministry said that 10 bodies had been recovered as search efforts continued, Interfax reported. At least four ships and four helicopters were deployed in the recovery operation, Russian news media reports said, and more than 60 divers were sent to the crash site.
The last big TU-154 crash was in 2010 when a Polish jet carrying then-president Lech Kaczynski and much of Poland’s political elite crashed in western Russia killing everyone on board. Russian news agencies cited Denis Manturov, the Russian Transport Minister, as saying on Sunday it was premature to talk about withdrawing the TU-154 from service. On Dec. 19, a Russian military jet crashed in Siberia with 39 people on board as it tried to make an emergency landing near a Soviet-era military base. Nobody was killed in that incident, though 32 people were airlifted to hospital.
In memoriam of the choir:
“Polite People” (a song dedicated to reunification of Crimea with #Russia, 2014, the verse written by the head of the Department of Culture of the Russian MoD Anton Gubankov, who is also among the victims)The full recording of their one-hour long concert in Moscow in 2009. Alexandrov Chorus presenting the greatest hits of The Beatles and Queen, Moscow Music House, March 27, 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zI_ekCltkw
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