DNA testing experts have identified more than 70 victims of the crash of Tu-154 aircraft operated by the Russian Defense Minostry over the Black Sea, some sources in the Forensic Medical Examination Office said.
«To date, the process of identifying more than 70 victims has been completed. Their relatives have been informed about the results of the examination,» one of the sources said, stressing that work to identify the remains of the passengers continues.
Among those identified are the Executive Director of the Spravedlivaya Pomoshch charity fund Elizaveta Glinka, known to the Russian public as Dr. Liza, the head of the Defense Ministry’s Culture Department Anton Gubankov, the Artistic Director of the Alexandrov Ensemble Valery Khalilov, 10 crew members and 9 journalists.
Tu-154 plane crashed in the early morning hours of December 25 shortly after taking off from the Black Sea resort of Sochi. There were 92 people on board the aircraft, including 8 crew members and 84 passengers, none of them survived.