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)