SECOND RADIO BEACON DETECTED AT BLACK SEA CRASH SITE

RIA Novosti, Russia
May 4 2006

SOCHI, May 4 (RIA Novosti) - A second radio beacon is believed to have
been discovered at the site where an Armenian Airbus A-320 airliner
crashed off Russia's Black Sea coast, an emergencies ministry official
said Thursday.

He said a radio signal had been detected near the point where another
signal had been detected earlier in the day.

The plane, belonging to Armenia's Armavia Airlines, crashed while
flying from the country's capital Yerevan to an airport in Adler,
which services the Russian resort of Sochi. The A-320 plummeted into
the sea about six kilometers from the Russian coast. All 113 passengers
and crew were killed.

An Emergency Situations Ministry official in Moscow said the
first radio signal, picked up by Airbus specialists, had yet to
be identified.

"It is premature to say that the signal picked up from the seabed
near Sochi is from the flight recorder," Andrei Legoshin said.

Experts from European aircraft producer Airbus are using special
equipment to search for flight data recorders from the plane. Two
emergencies ministry teams are also working at the site, using radars
to pick up signals.

Transportation Minister Igor Levitin said earlier on Thursday that
parts of the plane had been found at a depth of 680 meters (2,230
feet).