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              In this late Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 frame grab provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Press Service, the ministry employe...

              In this late Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 photo provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry Press Service, ministry employees lift a fragment o...

              In this late Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 frame grab image provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Press Service, ministry emplo...

              Women try to light a candle to place with flowers in front of the Alexandrov Ensemble building in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016...

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              The names of  the victims of a military choir and St. George's ribbons are placed on candles, in front of the Alexandrov Ensemble build...

              Two submersibles stand ready to join the search for bodies and fragments of the crashed plane, on a pier just outside Sochi, Russia, Mo...

In this late Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 frame grab provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Press Service, the ministry employe...

In this late Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 photo provided by the Russian Emergency Ministry Press Service, ministry employees lift a fragment o...

In this late Monday, Dec. 26, 2016 frame grab image provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Press Service, ministry emplo...

Women try to light a candle to place with flowers in front of the Alexandrov Ensemble building in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016...

North Korean officers place flowers in front of the Alexandrov Ensemble building in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, after a plan...

A woman stands in front of monument to Alexander Alexandrov, founder of the Alexandrov Ensemble, near the Alexandrov Ensemble building ...

The names of the victims of a military choir and St. George's ribbons are placed on candles, in front of the Alexandrov Ensemble build...

Two submersibles stand ready to join the search for bodies and fragments of the crashed plane, on a pier just outside Sochi, Russia, Mo...

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a Russian military plane in the Black Sea (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

A decorated Russian test pilot says investigators could retrieve data from the flight recorder found at the scene of Sunday's plane crash later on Tuesday.

Magomed Tolboyev told the Interfax news agency that investigators could retrieve the first data from the Russian military's Tu-154 by the end of the day.

All 92 people aboard the plane are believed to have died Sunday morning when it crashed two minutes after taking off from the southern Russian city of Sochi.

The defense ministry said earlier on Tuesday that rescue workers found one of the black boxes in the Black Sea hours before dawn and that it has been flown to Moscow for immediate inspection.

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9:45 a.m.

Russia's defense ministry says rescue teams have found a flight recorder from the plane that crashed into the Black Sea over the weekend.

The ministry said in a statement that the flight recorder was found a mile from the shore early Tuesday morning. State television showed footage of rescue workers on an inflatable boat carrying a container with a bright orange object covered in water.

All 92 people aboard the Russian military's Tu-154 plane are believed to have died Sunday morning when it crashed two minutes after taking off from the southern Russian city of Sochi.

The 84 passengers included dozens of singers from Russia's world-famous military choir who were going to Russia's base in Syria to perform at a New Year's concert.


Updated : 2021-05-15 12:49 GMT+08:00