Muscovites bring flowers and light candles outside the headquarters of the internationally known Red Army Choir, which lost at least 60 of its members in the plane crash over the Black Sea while en route to Syria to entertain Russian troops for the holidays. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Moscow residents started to bring flowers and candles to the headquarters of Alexandrov Ensemble, better known internationally as the Red Army Choir, as well as the charity fund 'Fair Aid' to honor plane crash victims. A Russian military plane carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday (December 25), killing everyone on board, Russian authorities said. The Russian Defense Ministry said one of its TU-154 Tupolev planes had disappeared from radar screens at 0525 MSK (0225 GMT), two minutes after taking off from Sochi in southern Russia, where it had stopped to refuel from Moscow, on its way to Syria. Major-General Igor Konashenkov, a ministry spokesman, told reporters that no survivors were found at the crash site. In televised comments, President Vladimir Putin, speaking in St. Petersburg, declared Dec. 26 a national day of mourning. The jet, a Soviet-era Tupolev plane built in 1983, had been carrying 84 passengers and eight crew members. At least 60 were members of the Alexandrov Ensemble who were being flown to Russia's Hmeymim air base in Syria to entertain troops in the run-up to the New Year.