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    Armenia Cautious on Crash

    Moscow Times, Russia
    July 31 2006

    YEREVAN, Armenia -- A top Armenian air safety official said Friday
    that a Russian-led investigation into the crash of a passenger jet
    that killed 113 people in May could be premature in saying that the
    cause was pilot error.

    Artyom Movsisian, head of Armenia's civil aviation authority, said
    the exact cause of the crash of the A320 operated by Armenia's Armavia
    airline on the approach to Sochi remained unclear.

    "Was it problems with the pilot's health or nervousness of the air
    traffic controller or the pilot's loss of direction? This remains to
    be seen," he said, adding that the conclusions announced in Moscow
    were only preliminary.

    The airline's security chief, Arshan Nalbandian, said the Russian
    findings "do not correspond to reality because the investigation is
    not over yet." (AP)