On 25 December 25, a Minoborony Rossii Tu-154 with 92 people on board crashed into the Black Sea enroute to Syria shortly after refuelling at the resort city of Adler. Most of the passengers were members of the Aleksandrov Ensemble, who were travelling from Moscow to Hmeymim Airbase in Syria to take part in New Year celebrations. The plane’s passenger list also included Anton Gubankov, the chief of the Directorate of Culture of the Minoborony Rossii, and prominent humanitarian activist Yelizaveta Glinka, the head of Spravedlivaya Pomoshch (Fair Aid). Pervy Kanal, NTV and Zvezda broadcasters confirmed that their journalists were also among the aircraft’s passengers of the aircraft.
25 December 2016