December 29, 2016 / 9:23 AM / 8 months ago

Russia says needs at least 30 days to find cause of Black Sea plane crash

A handout photo, provided by the Russian Emergencies Ministry, shows the wreckage of the crashed military Tupolev TU-154 plane lifted from the waters of the Black Sea during a search operation near Sochi, Russia, December 26, 2016. Vladimir Velengurin/Russian Emergencies Ministry via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Thursday it would take at least 30 days to establish the cause of a plane crash in the Black Sea on Sunday that killed 92 people.

"We hope to reach final conclusions no earlier than in 30 days," Sergei Bainetov, lieutenant general with Russian defence ministry, told a briefing.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Peter Hobson; Editing by Katya Golubkova

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