Friday, July 28, 2006

Armenian Airbus crash in May caused by piloting errors - officials

AFX International Focus
July 26, 2006 Wednesday 11:07 AM GMT

The crash of an Armenian Airbus plane off Russia's Black Sea coast in May that killed all 113 people on board was caused by piloting errors, Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin said.

'Weather conditions were difficult, the human factor played its role,' Levitin was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying at a press conference, held about the results of an inquiry into the crash of the A320 liner belonging to Armavia airlines.

Tatyana Anodina, head of the intergovernmental aviation committee that took part in the enquiry, said: 'The main pilot did not ensure control of the plane as far as angle and altitude were concerned.'

'The co-pilot did not ensure necessary control on the descent,' Anodina said, adding that an alarm system had gone off as the plane plunged but that it was too late to regain altitude.

The Airbus A320 plunged into the Black Sea on May 3 amid rainy weather as it was coming in to land in Sochi -- a popular coastal resort city in southwest Russia.

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