A Russian military aircraft has disappeared from radars shortly after takeoff in the city of Sochi, Russian media report.
"According to preliminary data, a Russian Defense Ministry Tu-154 disappeared from radar screens after departing from Sochi. Approximately 70 people were on board,” a source in the Russian Emergencies Ministry told RIA Novosti.
A report by Russia Today said the plane was carrying 82 passengers and ten crew members, citing "preliminary information.”
Interfax cited another source familiar with the matter as saying that the plane went off radar when it was still maneuvering in Russian airspace over the Black Sea, shortly after takeoff.
‘Headed for Syria’
Some local media cited unidentified sources as saying that the plane was heading for Syria’s Latakia Province.
Russia has been carrying out a bombardment campaign against militants in Syria on a request from Damascus. It has two airbases in Syria.