All 113 passengers and crew have been killed, according to the Russian emergencies ministry. Investigators are saying bad weather was responsible for bringing down the Airbus A-320. Rescue workers found luggage, life jackets, and pieces of the shattered plane, as well as body parts, floating on the sea at the site of the crash.
The plane, which was operated by Armavia, had been making an hour long flight from the Armenian capital Yerevan to Sochi, a popular holiday destination in southern Russia. The airline organised a special flight to take relatives from Yerevan to the site of the tragedy.
A list of passengers showed 26 had Russian passports and almost all the rest were Armenians. Relatives gathered at Adler airport outside Sochi, as well as at the airport at Yerevan, waiting for news. Emergency services said torrential rain was probably to blame for the crash after the plane failed to land at its first attempt.