Russian plane crash: 13 bodies reportedly recovered in Black Sea

01:40 - Source: CNN
Russia on Sochi plane crash: No survivors

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3,500 people are involved in a search operation after a Russian plane crashed Sunday

13 bodies have so far been recovered, Tass reports, with 10 being flown to Moscow for DNA testing

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A massive search and rescue operation is under way in the Black Sea after a Russian military plane crashed Sunday with 92 on board. Thirteen bodies have so far been recovered, as well as more than 150 pieces of debris, the Itar-Tass news agency reported, quoting a source in security agencies.

Terrorism was not a likely cause of the crash, Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov said in a call with reporters Monday. Russia’s transport minister said it was assumed the plane had crashed due to technical malfunction or pilot error.

The Tupolev Tu-154 plane carrying 84 passengers and eight crew crashed in the Black Sea near Sochi after disappearing from radar Sunday morning local time, state-run Ria Novosti news agency reported.

The Defense Ministry said there appeared to be no survivors. Russia is observing a national day of mourning Monday.