[UPDATE] Missing Russian plane has crashed

A rescue team had found the crash site in the Black Sea near the coast of the Sochi, Interfax said.

FILE: A Russian Air Force Tu-154B-2 aircraft. Picture: airliners.net/Wikimedia Commons

SINGAPORE - A Russian Defence Ministry TU-154 plane that had disappeared from radar over the Black Sea with 91 people on board has crashed, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing an unidentified source.

A rescue team had found the crash site in the Black Sea near the coast of the Sochi, Interfax said.

Other Russian news agencies reported earlier that the Russian aircraft had disappeared from radar soon after taking off from Sochi, a Black Sea resort town.

Those on board included Russian servicemen and artists from a musical ensemble who were on their way to celebrate the upcoming New Year with the Russian air force at the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria, RIA also quoted the Defence Ministry as saying.

Nine Russian journalists were also on board, it said.