Russia holds 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. Mia Womersley reports.
A national day of mourning in Russia to mark the death of 92 people killed when a plane crashed into the Black Sea. The military aircraft was bound for Syria. Dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members were on board. They were travelling to Syria to entertain Russian troops in the run-up to the New Year. Nine Russian reporters and many military servicemen also travelling in the plane, alongside Elizaveta Glinka, a prominent member of President Putin's advisory human rights council. Russia's Transport Minister said the most likely reason for the crash was pilot error or a technical fault. The search operation, involving around 3,500 people, has been expanded to find the jet's black box and recover the bodies. The Defence Ministry said 11 have been recovered so far. 39 ships, five helicopters, a drone, and more than 100 divers are involved.