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EghtesadOnline: A Russian plane belonging to the Russian Defense Ministry with 91 passengers aboard disappeared from radar minutes after take off from the Black Sea resort of Sochi for Syria.

'According to preliminary data, a Russian Defense Ministry Tu-154 disappeared from radar screens after departing from Sochi,' a source in the country's Emergencies Ministry told RIA Novosti.

The Tu-154 plane, which was on its way to Latakia in Syria, was carrying 81 passengers and 10 crew members, Interfax news agency reported, citing Russia's Defence Ministry.

According to IRNA, the plane took off from Sochi Adler Airport on a “planned flight” and failed to check in with the control tower at 5:40am Moscow time, the ministry was quoted by Interfax, adding that all rescue services in the region have been deployed to search for the missing plane.

Another source familiar with the matter told Interfax that the plane went off radar when it was still maneuvering in Russian airspace over the Black Sea.

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