Tupolev Tu-154M, Siberia Airlines similar to the one that was shot down by Ukraine in 2001, photo by Ralf Manteufel, licensed under GFDL 1.2
Fifteen years ago during air defense exercises a Russian passenger plane Tu-154 was shot down over the Black Sea. All 78 people on board were killed. Passengers were citizens of Russia and Israel.
The airplane was heading from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Novosibirsk, Russia. The tragedy was seen from another airplane. A search-and-rescue operation was organized at the place of the tragedy — approximately 200 kilometers away from the shore. But most of the bodies of the victims were never found.
After the plane fragments were studied, the international air committee concluded that the airplane was downed by a Ukrainian surface-to-air S-200 missile. Ukrainian courts refused to acknowledge the responsibility of Ukrainian military. At the same time, the government paid the compensation to the families of the victims. The exact people responsible for the tragedy are still not established, TV channel Russia-24 reports.