AIRLINER CRASHES OFF RUSSIA: REPORTS

Reuters
Tuesday, May 2, 2006; 9:07 PM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - An Armenian Airlines aircraft carrying about 100
people on a flight from Yerevan to the Russian seaside resort of Sochi
has crashed into the Black Sea, Russian media reported on Wednesday.

RIA news agency said the emergencies ministry had sent an amphibious
plane to the scene of the crash, and that fragments of the plane were
visible on the surface of the sea.

Ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov was quoted as saying the plane was
an Airbus 320 and had vanished from radar screens at 2.15 am (6:15
p.m. EDT Tuesday) near Sochi, a Russian resort near the Georgian
border.

He said the plane was carrying at least five children, and that
difficult weather conditions were complicating the search for
survivors.