Flags are at half-mast on National Day of Mourning. Moscow and Sochi residents bring flowers to honour 92 people who died in a military plane crash. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Russia held a national day of mourning on Monday (December 26), a day after a Syria-bound military plane crashed into the Black Sea killing all 92 people on board, and expanded a search operation to try to recover passengers' bodies and the jet's black box. The plane, a Russian Defence Ministry TU-154, was carrying dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members to Syria where they were meant to entertain Russian troops in the run-up to the New Year. Nine Russian reporters were also on board as well as military servicemen and Elizaveta Glinka, a prominent member of President Vladimir Putin's advisory human rights council. Flags were flown at half-mast on Monday, mourners placed flowers at the airport in Sochi, southern Russia, where the plane took off, and in front of the Moscow headquarters of the Russian Army's Alexandrov song and dance troupe.