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ARMAVIA FLIGHT RNV 967 ACCIDENT IN SOCHI, RUSSIA
Media Information on Armavia Flight RNV 967 into Sochi (Issue I)
Airbus regrets to confirm that an A320 operated by Armavia was involved in an accident very early on the morning of 3rd May 2006, apparently when approaching Sochi airport at the Russian Black Sea coast under very poor weather conditions. The aircraft was operating Armavia flight RNV 967 from Erevan, Armenia, to Sochi.

The aircraft involved in the accident, registered under the number EK-32009, began operating for Armavia in February 2004. The aircraft had accumulated over 28,200 flight hours in close to 14,400 flights. It was powered by CFM International CFM56-5A engines. At this time no further factual information is available.

In line with international convention, Airbus will provide full technical assistance, through the French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA), to the Authorities of Russia who will be responsible for the investigation into the accident. A team of six specialists from Airbus is being dispatched to the accident site.

The A320 is a twin-engine single-aisle aircraft seating 150 passengers in a standard two-class configuration. The very first A320 series aircraft entered service in March 1988. By the end of April 2006, almost 2,750 A320 Family aircraft had been delivered, with the number of operators reaching 175. To date, the entire fleet has accumulated some 46 million flight hours in some 26 million flights.

Airbus will make further factual information available as soon as the details have been confirmed. However, the investigation remains the entire responsibility of the relevant authorities and it would be inappropriate for Airbus to enter into any form of speculation into the cause of the accident.

The concerns and sympathy of the Airbus employees go to the families, friends and loved ones affected by the accident of the Armavia flight.
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