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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-08-15

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Second black box found in wreckage of Cypriot airliner
  • [02] Helios sees its fleet grounded in Larnaca after fatal crash

  • [01] Second black box found in wreckage of Cypriot airliner

    Authorities on Monday retrieved the second flight recorder of a Cypriot passenger jet that crashed into a hillside near Athens, killing all 121 passengers and crew.

    The second black box containing a record of the pilots' converations was found in poor shape due to the impact of the crash and a wildfire ignited by the flaming wreckage, a source close to the enquiry said.

    It was unclear whether the condition of the recorder meant that the data it contained had been severely damaged or destroyed, the same source added.

    The first black box carrying flight operations data was found on Sunday, hours after the Boeing B737 plummeted into an uninhabited area northeast of Athens.

    Both will be sent to experts in Paris for study.

    [02] Helios sees its fleet grounded in Larnaca after fatal crash

    Helios Airways, owner of a passenger jet that crashed near Athens killing all 121 passengers and crew, saw its fleet grounded in Larnaca on Monday after a refusal to fly by passengers and crew.

    A flight to Sofia, Bulgaria was suspended after the crew refused to board, and passengers demanded seats on other airlines or cash refunds.

    On Sunday, distraught relatives of the dead had complained bitterly of the airline's refusal to inform them of the crash or its aftermath, instead asking them to note the names of anyone they believed had joined the ill-fated flight.

    Another plane from Sofia was due to enter Larnaca on Monday and take on passengers who had already passed through luggage control, then returning to Bulgaria.

    Other incoming flights on Sunday, the day of crash, and on Monday, were unaffected, and the company had chartered two jets from Austrian Airways and Eygpt Air to carry out its remaining flights for the day, a Helios spokesman said.


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