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Russian military plane crashes in Black Sea, 'killing 92'

December 29, 2016

A Russian defence ministry plane, carrying 92 people on route to Syria, crashed into the Black Sea near Sochi.


The Tupolev-154 was carrying mainly musicians from the famed Alexandrov Ensemble (previously known as the Red Army Choir). They were on route to the Khmeimim air base near Latakia for a new year concert.


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What is the Alexandrov Ensemble?

  • Alexandrov Ensemble is the official choir (an organized group of singers) of the Russian armed forces

  • It was founded in 1928 during the Soviet era

  • The group also includes an orchestra and dancers

  • It takes its name from its first director, Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, who wrote the music to the national anthem of the Soviet Union

Black  Sea



The Black Sea is a body of water between Eastern Europe and Western Asia, bounded by Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. It is supplied by a number of major rivers, such as the Danube, Dnieper, Rioni, Southern Bug, and Dniester.


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