113 Killed in Russian Plane Crash

The Airbus A-320 belonged to the Armenian airline Armavia and disappeared from radar screens about four miles from shore.

The Airbus A-320 was manufactured in 1995 and was being leased by the airline. The aircraft underwent full-scale servicing a year ago.

Armavia is Armenia's largest airline. It is 70 percent owned by Russia's second-largest airline, Sibir, and it acquired routes from Armenian Airlines and Armenian International Airlines when those operations experienced financial troubles.

Two Sochi-bound Russian planes crashed in August 2004, one near the central city of Tula and the other in the Rostov region, when alleged Chechen terrorists detonated bombs on board. Ninety people were killed.


Associated Press reporters Avet Demourian in Yerevan, Armenia, and Sergei Venyavsky in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, contributed to this report.

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