The Latest: Assad sends plane crash condolences to Putin

MOSCOW — The Latest on the crash of a Russian aircraft with 92 people on board en route to Russia’s air base in Syria (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has sent a condolence letter to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, over the plane that plunged into the sea with 92 people aboard.

Assad says he received news of the crash “with deep grief and sadness.”

There appeared to be no survivors after the Tu-154 passenger plane operated by the Russian Defense Ministry crashed into the Black Sea.

The jet was carrying members of the world-famous Alexandrov Ensemble army choir to a New Year’s concert at the Russian military base in Syria.

Assad expressed his condolences to all the victims’ families, adding that the countries are partners in the war against terrorism.


3:20 p.m.

The Russian Defense Ministry says rescuers are seeing no sign of any survivors of the crash of a Russian plane into the Black Sea.

Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov says that “no survivors are seen” at the crash site about 1.5 kilometers (less than a mile) from the shore.

The Tu-154 passenger plane with 92 people aboard plummeted into the sea two minutes after taking off from the city of Sochi. The plane belonging to the Russian Defense Ministry was heading to Syria, carrying members of the world-famous Russian army choir to a New

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