> The defense forces the plane disappeared from radar screens at about 5:30, just minutes after taking off from southern Russia. President Vladimir Putin offering his condolences, and ordering an investigation into the cause of the crash.
The high-profile philanthropist Elizaveta Glinka is also believed to have been on board.>>
The Kremlin says it's too early to know what went wrong, but Russian media report sources saying the possibility of a militant act has been ruled out. Rescue teams now scouring the waters with fragments of the plane being found about 1.5 kilometers from the coast. Local media say some bodies have also been recovered.