> Russia's defense ministry saying the plane disappeared from radar screens at around 5:30 in the morning Moscow time, just minutes after taking off from southern Russia. President Vladimir Putin offering his condolences, and ordering an investigation into the cause of the crash.
A 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 an armed terror attack has been ruled out. Rescue teams now scouring the waters. Fragments of the plane being found about 1.5 kilometers from the coast. Local media says some bodies have also been recovered.