2016 Russian Defence Ministry Tupolev Tu-154 crash

2016 Russian Defence Ministry Tupolev Tu-154 crash
Tupolev Tu-154B-2 (RA-85572) on final approach at Chkalovsky Airport.jpg
RA-85572, the aircraft involved, on final approach at Chkalovsky Airport in May 2016
Occurrence summary
Date 25 December 2016 (2016-12-25)
Summary Under investigation
Site Black Sea, approx 1.5 kilometres (0.9 mi) off the coast from Sochi, Russia
43°25′30″N 39°50′13″E / 43.42500°N 39.83694°E / 43°25′30″N 39°50′13″E / 43.42500; 39.83694
Passengers 84
Crew 8
Fatalities 92 (all)
Aircraft type Tupolev Tu-154B-2
Operator Russian Air Force
Registration RA-85572
Flight origin Chkalovsky Airport, Russia
Stopover Sochi International Airport, Sochi, Russia
Destination Khmeimim Air Base, Latakia, Syria

On 25 December 2016, a Tupolev Tu-154 jetliner of the Russian Defence Ministry crashed into the Black Sea shortly after taking off from Sochi International Airport, Russia, while en route to Khmeimim Air Base, Syria. All 92 passengers, including 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble choir of the Russian Armed Forces, and crew aboard died. The aircraft had flown from Chkalovsky Airport and had landed at Sochi to refuel.

Aircraft

The aircraft involved was a Tupolev 154B-2, [1] [2] tail number RA-85572, msn 83A-572, [1] which had been in operation since 1983, [3] [4] and had flown for 6,689 hours. [1] [5]