Russia mourns its Black Sea plane crash victims

AP , Monday 26 Dec 2016

Russia mourning
A picture shows candles and flowers layed next to a picture of an airplane at a memorial on a pier outside Sochi, on December 26, 2016, as Russia observes a national day of mourning a day after a military plane carrying 92 people, including dozens of members of the Red Army Choir, crashed in the Black Sea(Photo: AFP)

People are bringing flowers to the office of the Russian choir whose members have died in a plane crash over the Black Sea as Russia holds a day of mourning.

All 84 passengers and eight crew on the Russian military's Tu-154 plane are believed dead after it crashed shortly after takeoff from the southern Russian city of Sochi. The passengers included dozens of singers in Russia's world-famous military choir, nine Russian journalists and Russian doctor known for her work in war zones.

Red and white carnations have piled up at tables outside the Moscow office of the Alexandrov Ensemble, which was to have performed at a New Year's concert at the Russian base in Syria. Mourners also lit candles and brought flowers to Channel One and NTV, whose TV journalists were going to Syria to cover the concert, and to a charity founded by Dr. Yelizaveta Glinka, who was on the plane bringing medicines to Syria.

Russian TV channels have taken entertainment shows off their programs and outdoor seasonal celebrations have been scrapped across Russia.

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