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Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to Robert Kocharyan on the air crash over the Black Sea
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to his Armenian counterpart Robert Kocharyan on the air crash over the Black Sea. The presidents of the two countries had a telephone conversation on Wednesday morning to discuss the situation, the presidential press service reported. Armenia has declared May 5 and May 6 a national day of mourning to commemorate those were killed in the air crash near Sochi. Armenian President Robert Kocharyan signed a decree to this effect on Wednesday, the presidential press service reported. Twenty-eight Russian citizens were aboard the crashed Airbus belonging to the air company Armavia. The list of passengers placed in the hall of the Yerevan international airport Zvartnots showed it. These are mainly people of Armenian origin. Well-known aviator, former director general of the Armenian Airlines Vyacheslav Yaralov, chief of the hall for official delegations of the Yerevan airport Albert Azaryan, Aram Petrosyan, the son of Lieutenant-General Karlos Petrosyan, the former director of the Armenian governmental security service, are among those killed. Rescuers have found 16 bodies of those killed as a result of the crash of the airplane A-320 in the Black Sea so far, Deputy Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Serebrennikov told Itar-Tass. He noted, “An active stage of the search operation in which more than ten vessels are involved is underway at the incident site.” More than 40 specialists, including divers, are working in the catastrophe area. The airplane was carrying 113 people, including the crew. Sixty-three men, 36 women, six children, including a newborn and eight crewmembers were aboard the airplane, the information department of the Emergencies Ministry told Itar-Tass. The airplane A-320 was en route Yerevan-Sochi. During another attempt at an emergency landing the airplane disappeared from the radars and crashed in the sea at the depth of 300 meters, five kilometres off the shore where the Adler airport is situated.
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