'No explosion' on board crashed Russian military plane

Russian rescuers examine the wreckage of the Tu-154 military plane that crashed near Sochi, after lifting fragments of the engine and landing gear from the Black Sea on December 29Russian officials probing the crash of a Syria-bound military plane said Thursday there was no explosion on board, but equipment was not functioning correctly when it plunged into the Black Sea. The Soviet-era Tu-154 plane went down shortly after takeoff from Sochi airport on Sunday morning, killing all 92 on board, including scores of performers from a feted Red Army Choir troupe. “There was no explosion on board, I can say that for certain,” said Sergei Bainetov, head of flight safety for the Russian air force.

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