August 14, 2005

Cypriot airliner carrying 110 crashes near Athens

ATHENS (Reuters) - A Cypriot airliner carrying 110 people
crashed north of Athens on Sunday, Greek state television

State television said there was an unconfirmed report that
one of the pilots of the Helios Airlines plane had collapsed
with illness just before the crash.

A Greek Defense Ministry official told Reuters the airplane
had crashed in the area of Kalamos, 30 km (19 miles) north of

The official said rescue services were rushing to the

The plane had been accompanied by two Greek F-16 fighter
jets after losing communications with the Athens control tower
on its way to the Greek capital.