AIRBUS SPECIALISTS DETECT RADIO SIGNAL FROM CRASHED PLANE

Armenpress
May 04 2006

SOCHI, MAY 4, ARMENPRESS: Airbus specialists working at the site of
the crashed Armenian airliner on the Black Sea said Thursday they
had detected a radio signal, possibly from the plane's black boxes.

"The signal was found almost immediately after the search started,
but is very weak," RIA news agency said quoting a Russian emergencies
ministry official as saying. The experts from the French aircraft
company are using special equipment while searching for flight data
recorders from the A-320 that crashed in the sea 6 kilometers off the
Russian coast early Wednesday, killing all the 113 people onboard. They
have been working since Thursday morning.

The official said it was still unclear whether the signal came from the
recorders, and added that the Airbus team was continuing the search
and trying to locate the signal more accurately. Two emergencies
ministry teams are also working at the site, using radars to try to
pick up signals.

Two search efforts are currently under way to recover plane fragments
on the surface and those deep under water. The two search areas are
several kilometers away from each other.