Zuma saddened by Russian plane crash

2016-12-25 21:41
President Jacob Zuma. (AFP)

President Jacob Zuma. (AFP)

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Durban – President Jacob Zuma on Sunday sent his condolences to family members of victims of the Russian military plane that crashed into the Black Sea, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said.

Department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said the military plane which was carrying 92 people, including soldiers, 64 members of the Alexandrov military music ensemble and nine reporters, disappeared from radar on Sunday minutes after taking off from Sochi en route to Latakia in Syria.

Monyela said fragments of the Tu-154 plane were found 1.5km from the Black Sea coast of the city of Sochi, with no reports of any survivors, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.

Zuma said, “Many people in the Russian Federation are today grieving the loss of their loved ones in this tragic accident. On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, I wish to send my deepest condolences to H.E President Vladimir Putin, the Government and people of the Russian Federation, and particularly to the families, friends and colleagues affected by this tragedy.”

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