The Latest: Russia mourns its Black Sea plane crash victims

It was the second national tragedy in less than a week, once again played out in agonizing detail on national television, once again in the shadow of Russia’s military involvement in Syria. Once again, the nation was left with more questions than answers.

Early Sunday, a Russian military passenger plane carrying dozens of members of the Red Army Choir and a beloved and prominent charity worker plunged into the Black Sea minutes after it took off en route to a military base in Syria. All 92 people on board are believed to have died.

The crash shook Russia six days after its ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was killed in public by a man who shouted about the war in Syria after the shooting.

The assassination was captured live on video that was sent around the world. Russian and Turkish investigators are still trying to figure out whether the gunman, a 22-year-old Turkish police officer, acted alone.

As of Sunday evening, the cause of the plane crash had not been determined. Though officials were saying terrorism was not seen as the likely cause, Russia’s special Investigative Committee, which opened a criminal inquiry, was considering all possibilities.

“Of course, the entire spectrum and almost any possible causes . . . are being probed, but it is premature now

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/the-latest-pilot-error-technical-fault-behind-russia-crash/2016/12/26/2aaf3cd6-cb32-11e6-85cd-e66532e35a44_story.html

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