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Alexander, a former member of the Alexandrov Ensemble, a well-known military choir lays flowers at the military choir's building in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, after a plane carrying 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, crashed into the Black Sea minutes after taking off from the resort city of Sochi. The Russian plane was headed for an air base in Syria with 92 people aboard, Russia's Defense Ministry said. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

A Russian military plane with 92 people on board crashed. No survivors have been found.


A Russian military plane with 92 people on board, including members of the world-famous Russian army choir, crashed into the Black Sea early Sunday morning shortly after taking off from Sochi.

There appeared to be no survivors. Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Monday to be a national day of mourning.

The choir was headed to a New Year's concert in the Hemeimeem air base in Latakia, Syria. 

Losing a great collective all at once is a great tragedy.
Alexander Kibovsky, Moscow's culture dept. head

Viktor Ozerov, head of the defense affairs committee at the upper house of Russian parliament, said the crash could have been caused by a technical malfunction or a crew error, but "totally excluded" the chance an attack brought down the plane. 

Nationally known charity doctor Yelizaveta Glinka was also on board. 

WATCH | The Red Army Choir MVD sang Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" at the opening of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. 

More on the plane

The 84 passengers and eight crew members were in a Russian Tu-154 plane, an older model that is still popular among military and government agencies for its mobility and durability. The plane involved in the crash was built in 1983 and repaired in 2014. 

Here's a look at the memorial service held for the choir and the scene of the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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