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Sibir Airlines Tupolev TU-154M plane crash
Off Sochi, Russia

Sibir Airlines Tupolev TU-154M plane crash - Off Sochi, Russia

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Off Sochi, RussiaThe aircraft exploded over the Black Sea while on a passenger flight from Tel Aviv, Israel to Novosibirsk, Russia via Bugas, Bulgaria. The pilot of a nearby aircraft reported seeing the aircraft explode at 33,000 feet, fall into the Black Sea, and explode again on impact.

Investigation has concluded that the missile was fired during Russian-Ukrainian exercise held off Cape Onouk in Crimea. The Ukrainian S-200 surface to air missile had passed its remote-controlled target, which had been successfully destroyed by another missile fired at the same time. Instead of self-destruct, the S-200 missile targeted the Tupolev TU-154 which was nearly 200 kilometers away. It exploded 15 meters above the plane, throwing shrapnel into the plane.

Since year 2000, 6 commercial or transport planes have been voluntary or mistakenly shot by missiles. Watch here the list of those airplanes shot by missiles since year 2000.

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