This is the terrifying footage taken from the black box recording of a doomed Russian plane that killed all 92 passengers onboard.
The Tu-154 jet crashed into the Black Sea on Christmas Day after traveling from Sochi to its destination Syria.
A teenage ballerina, nine journalists and an engaged couple are among the victims of the horrific incident, as officials revealed terrorism hasn’t been ruled out.
Audio footage has surfaced of the moment pilots called for help before the plane downed into the sea.
In the clip, one of the pilots screams “we’re failing!” before it cuts out.
The recording, leaked to the Russian media, is interrupted by alarms as the plane loses altitude.
It was taken from the cockpit and details exchanges between the flight deck crew comprising the captain, Major Roman Volkov, his co-pilot, a navigator and an engineer.
The crew talk about a problem with the flaps on the plane, before an alarm alerts them that they’re dangerously close to the ground.
They try to recover the issue but find that both pilots have lost control of the aircraft.
Then, the recording cuts out as they presumably hit the water.
No cause has yet been identified – or ruled out in the investigation, including terrorism, although initial reports said there had been a ‘technical fault’.
Among the passengers on the plane were 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble – one of the world’s most famous military choirs.
These apparently included Lilia Pyryeva – a 19-year-old dancer with the choir.
It’s also emerged there were nine journalists on board – including well-known Zvezda TV Channel reporter Pavel Obukhov.
This comes as macabre descriptions have emerged about the appalling damage to bodies pulled out of the water.
The first women to be pulled from the water suffered serious deformities, said a diver.
“She had no eyes,” he told newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets.
“She was a woman in her forties. There was a red suitcase floating next to her.
“She was wearing a coat that was badly torn. And she was all broken… as if she had no bones.
“We lifted two more from the water about a kilometre away from the shore.
“Two military men, in uniforms… also torn… young. Around 30-35… And their bodies were all broken…
“That is it, I can’t talk more about it, it’s hard.”
Asked if there was fire or evidence of an explosion in their bodies, he said: “God knows.
“Their clothes were wet.
“And it’s hard to say by skin on face whether it was burnt or scratched off when hitting something hard at impact.”
Photos of Lilia, from Voronezh, show her posing in a tutu, tights and ballet shoes and standing in a field while clutching a bunch of flowers.
Singer Alexander Shutko, 30, posted a haunting last photo minutes before the doomed flight crashed in the Black Sea.
Daria Trofimova has been named as one of the 64 people in the Red Army choir who was killed in the plane crash.
Two other dancers with the Russian army’s choir were also on board the doomed aircraft when it vanished from radar early today, it is reported.
The head of Military Police Vladimir Ivanitsky was also apparently onboard the lost aircraft.
Of the nine journalists on the aircraft – three were from state-owned Channel One, and the same number from Zvezda TV, owned by the Defence Ministry.
Ralina Gilmanova, 22, and her fiancé, Mikhail, had become engaged last year. It is understood they had met in 2014 and were due to marry “soon”.
The couple, who were apparently among 64 members of the world-renowned ensemble on the flight, are thought to have died in the disaster.
However, this is yet to be confirmed.
There were no immediate reports of survivors following the plane crash, which occurred shortly after take-off, according to Russian media.
There are fears that all of the passengers and crew members were killed.
This morning, emergency crews reportedly found wreckage of the Russian defence ministry’s Tu-154 plane in the Black Sea, between one and four miles off the Sochi coast.
They then discovered some victims’ bodies – and have spent Christmas Day fishing them out of the waters.
A Russian security source said officials currently cannot rule out terrorism in the incident.
“The possibility of a terrorist attack is a version,” the source told Lenta.ru.
“It cannot be confirmed or disproven until we get information from flight recorders, but it is being considered.”
Some of the wreckage was said to be at a depth of 50 to 70 metres. One Ka-32 helicopter and seven marine vessels were conducting a search at the site this morning.
Initial reports suggested a technical fault occurred as it gained altitude after takeoff.
“91 people, including musicians and media were on board the aircraft,” said a security services representative. This figure was later said to be 92.
The plane was travelling to Latakia when it vanished from radar screens and crashed into the sea, Russian agencies reported, citing unnamed security sources.
Contact with the aircraft was lost at around 5.40am local time (2.40am UK time).
“The jet disappeared from radars about 20 minutes after takeoff: it departed [from Sochi] at 5.20 AM local time and the contact was lost at about 5.40 AM,” said one source.
Shortly after 8am UK time, the last picture of the doomed plane emerged, showing the aircraft sitting on the tarmac at Chkalovsky Airport in Moscow.
The image was posted online by NTV cameraman Evgeny Tolstov – who is feared to be among the victims – along with the caption: “Travelling to Latakia.”
The plane then made a stopover in Sochi for refuelling shortly before the disaster.
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Central Military Orchestra of Russia amongst 92 feared dead
The Alexandrov Emsenble is an official army choir of the Russian armed forces.
Founded during the Soviet era, the ensemble consists of a male choir, an orchestra, and a dance ensemble.
Leading TV presenter Andrey Malakhov said today on Twitter: “On board of crashed aircraft were my colleagues – journalists … very sad morning … RIP”.
Sochi was the scene of the 2014 Winter Olympics – and it is also a host city for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The tragedy came ahead of Russia’s main winter festivities, which are marked at New Year.
Russian Orthodox Christmas Day falls on January 7.
It is likely the media and musicians on board the plane were flying to Syria to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin’s troops, deployed on what the Kremlin calls an anti terrorism operation in the Middle Eastern country.
Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, one of Putin’s closest allies, was put in charge of the search an investigation into the tragedy.
Senior officials discounted a terrorist attack for the crash.
Tourists in the Black Sea resort of Sochi head the loud noise of engines, but no explosions were reported.
Viktor Ozerov, head of the Russian senate’s defence committee said: “I completely rule out the version of a terrorist act.
“It was an aircraft of the Ministry of Defence, in the airspace of the Russian Federation.
“There can not be such a version.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Christmas Day morning it was too early to say what had caused the crash.
Putin was being kept informed of latest developments, Peskov added.