VERSION: SHOOTING ABOARD A-320 AT MOMENT OF CRASH
16.05.2006 15:57 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ At the moment of coming in land some passengers
manages to call relatives – their cellular phones broadcast everything
happening in the saloon at those tragic moments, the Zhizn newspaper
“Everyone in Yerevan speak that sounds like shooting were heard before
the plane fell,” states journalist of the Novoye Vremya Armenian
newspaper Nora Kananova.
In her words, “Allegedly former Security Service chief Karlos Petrosyan
got a call late at night from his son Aram, who was aboard A-320
airbus and shots were heard. It was the moment, when the plane fell
into the sea…”
Meanwhile, Zvartnots Yerevan airport security service states there were
no armed people among passengers of the crashed liner. “It is ruled
out. We admit only those armed people aboard, who are licensed.” said
airport Spokesperson Gevorg Abrahamyan. There were several people
aboard the plane who had licenses for carrying arms, however the
security service states they were unarmed in the saloon. Only the
crew had arms.
However, in experts’ opinion, relatives could take sounds of
the tearing edging for shots. “There was no explosion when A-320
fell. However, overload was so powerful that the liner was torn at
the last moments.
The sound is very much like shots. Most probably the relatives heard
sounds of the collapsing airplane,” said an expert, who investigates
the causes of the air crash. “The crew would have reported about
shooting aboard, however the pilots did not report about any emergency
situations. Or maybe they did not have time?
However, if there was shooting, its signs would have been found on
fragments of the plane, but not such are found,” the Zhizn writes.
On the night of May 3 a Yerevan-Sochi plane of Armavia Armenian air
company crashed in the Black Sea 6 km away from Adler airport. All
113 passengers, including 6 children and 8 members of the crew, died
as a result. Among them were 26 Russian citizens, one Ukrainian and
one Georgian citizen, while the rest were Armenian citizens.