A Tu-154 airliner carrying 82 passengers according to RT, disappeared from air controller radars approximately 20 minutes after take off.
“According to preliminary data, a Russian Defense Ministry Tu-154 disappeared from radar screens after departing from Sochi. Approximately 70 people were onboard,” a source in the country’s Emergencies Ministry told RIA Novosti.
Another source told Interfax that it lost contact whilst flying over the Black Sea.
“The plane disappeared from radar approximately 20 minutes after takeoff,” another source told RIA, adding that the plane departed at 5:20am local time and failed to check in with the tower at 5:40am.
The Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviation) told RIA Novosti that the flight was “not civilian”.
According to sources cited by Russia’s LifeNews, the plane had allegedly been heading to Latakia province in Syria.