A military Tu-154 airliner with 91 passengers on board crashed in the Black Sea, Russian Interior Ministry confirmed Sunday morning.
Earlier in the day, Russian media reported that the aircraft went missing while still in Russian airspace.
The flight was last seen on radar screens over the Black Sea, before "disappearing," media quoted official sources saying. The flight was reportedly en route to the port city of Latakia, Syria, with entertainment personnel for Russian troops and nine journalists, among others on board.
Russia's RIA news agency, citing an unidentified security source, said preliminary data indicated the plane had crashed because of a technical malfunction. It was not immediately possible to verify that report.