Russian military plane disappears from radar with 70 on board

Updated 2016-12-25 13:24:32 Xinhua

A Russian Defense Ministry flight carrying 70 people has vanished from the radar screens after departing from the resort city of Sochi, Russian media reported Sunday, citing preliminary findings.

The Tu-154 aircraft is not a civilian one and was en route to the Syrian port city of Latakia, the Sputnik news agency quoted Russian aviation and emergency ministry authorities as saying.

The Tu-154 is a three-engine medium-range airliner produced by Russian aerospace and defense company Tupolev. It is one of the fastest civilian aircraft in use and widely used in extreme Arctic conditions. (Updated)

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