"Good morning, the Israeli team have arrived to Sochi at 0330 AM today (Sunday). Our team includes five Israeli specialists of body identification. The main purpose of our stay will be to participate in identification of Israeli citizens on board of the (Tupolev-154) airplane. We are getting full assistance from the Russian officials on the ground."
4. Various of IDF team arriving to Sochi city morgue where recovered bodies of plane crash victims are kept
A 21-member Israeli delegation arrived in the Russian Black Sea city of Sochi on Sunday to aid the investigation into what caused an airliner carrying mostly Russian-born Israeli immigrants to explode in flight, killing 78 people.
The Tupolev 154, en route from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk, exploded and crashed into the sea on Thursday, 180 kilometres (114 miles) off the Russian coastal city of Adler, near Sochi.
The Israeli delegation includes forensic experts, technicians and three Jewish military chaplains, one of whom brought a Torah scroll from Israel.
Most of the forensic experts will help identify the victims, while the rabbis are to observe the Jewish rites surrounding death.
A total of 14 bodies and the fragments of one other body have been recovered and brought to Sochi so far.
Eight have been identified, five of them Israeli citizens.
The search operation is continuing, but nothing new has been found so far.
More relatives were due to arrive from Israel later on Sunday.
A boat will bring relatives of the victims to the crash site on Monday, where they will pay a floral tribute to the victims.
US intelligence officials believe the plane was hit by a Ukrainian S-200, or SA-5, missile, a large surface-to-air missile built to shoot down heavy bombers flying at high altitudes, during exercises on the Crimean Peninsula, which juts into the Black Sea.
After initially dismissing the US allegations, Russian officials appeared to be opening the way on Saturday for acceptance.