Russia: Moscow opens memorial for journalists killed in Tu-154 plane crash

A memorial in honour of the nine diseased journalists on board last year's tragic Tu-154 plane headed to Syria was unveiled at Moscow's Ostankino TV Tower on Monday. Director-General of Russia's First Channel, Konstantin Ernst paid tribute to his late colleagues. «I remember the despair and the powerlessness of those days and the pain, the pain has dulled, but it is not gone. Today we are... Еще unveiling a memorial plaque in honour of our colleagues, who lost their lives exactly one year ago» The memorial plaque carries the names of the nine late journalists, who represented Russia's First Channel, NTV and Zvezda. The plane was carrying 92 people, including 84 passengers and eight crew members. The aircraft was bound for Khmeimim Airbase, in Syria's Latakia province, carrying the official army choir of the Russian armed forces, the Alexandrov Ensemble, also known as the Red Army Choir, on December 25, 2016. The musicians on board were due to take part in a New Year's performance.

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