A Russian military plane with 91 people on board has crashed into the Black Sea, Russia’s defence ministry says.
The plane disappeared from radar 20 minutes after taking off from the resort of Sochi at 05:20 (02:20 GMT) and fragments have now been found.
The plane was flying to Syria’s Latakia province.
Moscow has been flying a bombing campaign in Syria since September 2015 in support of long-time ally Bashar Assad. Russian Ministry said the plane was carrying passengers to a New Year’s performance for Russian troops deployed in Syria.
The Tu-154 was carrying service personnel, members of the famed Alexandrov military band and reporters.