Today marks year since Tu-154 crash in Black Sea
Today marks a year since the Russian Defence Ministry's Tu-154 plane crashed in the Black Sea. Russian Investigative Committee's representative Svetlana Petrenko said that, according to all the data obtained during the investigation, there was no explosion on board.
According to her, data was presented on 356 forensic medical examinations, 23 molecular genetic analyses, three explosive technical probes and one phonoscopic study. A chemical analysis of combustive and lubricating materials was also completed.
Petrenko added that the investigation in the criminal case is underway, there are 156 officially recognized victims in the criminal case. Work is underway with more than 100 witnesses, including Aerospace Force officials, as well as employees from the Sochi International Airport, who were responsible for pre-flight preparations and air traffic control, RIA Novosti reports.
The Tupolev-154 crashed early in the morning on December 25 shortly after takeoff from Adler Airport.The plane was carrying 92 people, including eight crew members, 64 musicians of the Alexandrov Ensemble, nine reporters, head of Spravedlivaya Pomoshch (Fair Aid) charity Elizaveta Glinka, and two federal civil servants. None of them survived the crash. They were on the way to Syria with New Year greetings for the Russian aerospace group at Hmeymim.