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May 12, 2006 Friday 11:30 AM EST

Krasnodar governor hopes for retrieval of A-320 flight recorders

KISLOVODSK


Krasnodar Governor Alexander Tkachyov hopes that flight recorders of
the A-320 jet of the Armenian airline Armavia, which crashed near
Sochi on May 3 and killed 113 people onboard, will be eventually
retrieved from the sea.

``Certainly, it is problematic to lift [the flight recorders] from
the depth of 600 meters, but we hope that will be done,'' he said in
reply to an Itar-Tass question.

The Navigator vessel went to the flight recorders' search zone for
telemetric analysis on Friday, a source at the Sochi seaport told
Itar-Tass.

``The visibility is normal on the A-320 crash scene, and we hope to
receive a telemetric picture of the seabed, where the flight
recorders are situated,'' head of the Transport Ministry's Federal
Sea and River Transport Agency Alexander Davydenko told Itar-Tass.

According to the operation headquarters, the flight recorders are
located at the distance of five meters from one another, and the
depth of 496 meters. ``We are making the research to prevent any
mistakes in the choice of a deep-water apparatus that can raise the
two flight recorders from the seabed,'' a source at the operation
headquarters said.