Armenian Airbus burns down in Belgium

Independent Online, South Africa
May 5 2006

May 05 2006 at 07:30PM -- Perevan - An Airbus A320 plane belonging to
Armenian air company Armavia and identical to its airliner which
crashed two days ago, burned down overnight in Belgium during
maintenance works, an Armenian official said on Friday.

The plane, made in 1996, was being serviced by Sabena Technics,
said Armenian civil aviation spokesperson Gayane Davtyan, giving no
further details.

Sabena Technics' facilities are located at Brussels National Airport
where it serves the aviation industry at large, the independent
aviation maintenance firm said on its Website www.sabenatechnics.com.

Company officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Another Armavia Airbus A320 crashed into the Black Sea off the Russian
coast on Wednesday, killing all 113 passengers and crew on board as
it tried to land in torrential rain.