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2006-08-11 04:43:56

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek investigators said on Friday they found three skeletons at the site of last year's Cypriot passenger plane crash east of Athens and that they could be the remains of three people missing from the flight. The Boeing 737-300 operated by Helios Airways rammed into a hillside on August 14 last year, the worst accident on record for either Greece or Cyprus, killing all 121 passengers and crew on board. The majority of the passengers were Cypriots. But only 118...

2005-10-10 06:56:50

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Aviation authorities in Cyprus said on Monday they had grounded a Boeing aircraft run by budget carrier Helios Airways after the plane carrying British tourists had to turn back twice with technical problems. The aborted flights to London and Glasgow on Friday and Sunday highlighted increased sensitivity over airline safety on the island since a Helios Boeing 737 crashed into a hillside north of Athens on Aug 14, killing all 121 people on board. Helios said the...

2005-08-31 14:23:15

NICOSIA (Reuters) - A British engineer who cleared the takeoff of a Cypriot airliner which crashed in Greece, killing 121 people, fears for his safety and refuses to return to Cyprus for questioning, a Cypriot official said on Wednesday. The engineer, who worked for the private carrier Helios Airways, signed off the Boeing 737-300 for departure from Cyprus's Larnaca airport for Prague on August 14, the day of the crash -- the worst air disaster in Greek or Cypriot history. It has...

2005-08-29 17:46:09

By Michele Kambas NICOSIA (Reuters) - Cyprus's president said on Monday his administration would take full responsibility if a Greek team investigating the country's worst air disaster found that Cypriot aviation authorities were to blame. A Greek accident investigation team arrived in Cyprus to pursue its search for the cause of the August 14 crash in which a Helios Airways Boeing 737-300 crashed on a mountain near Athens, killing all 115 passengers and six crew, almost all...

2005-08-23 09:37:56

NICOSIA (Reuters) - The operator of a Cypriot airliner that crashed in Greece killing 121 people earlier this month announced on Tuesday it would suspend flights on the doomed plane's route between Larnaca and Prague via Athens. In circumstances still baffling aviation experts, a Helios Airways Boeing 737 plunged into mountains close to the Greek capital on August 14, killing all 115 passengers and 6 crew. Nicos Anastassiades, Helios sales and marketing manager, said "commercial...

2005-08-22 07:33:37

By Karolos Grohmann ATHENS (Reuters) - An exhausted-sounding man sent last-minute Mayday calls from a Cypriot airliner that crashed earlier this month, Greek officials investigating one of civil aviation's most baffling incidents said on Monday. The Helios Airways Boeing 737 crashed on Aug 14 into mountains near Athens, plunging from around 35,000 feet up (10 kilometres) to kill all 115 passengers and six crew in Greece and Cyprus' worst air disaster. The cause of the crash is a...

2005-08-22 07:30:00

ATHENS -- An exhausted-sounding man sent last-minute Mayday calls from a Cypriot airliner that crashed earlier this month, Greek officials investigating one of civil aviation's most baffling incidents said on Monday. The Helios Airways Boeing 737 crashed on Aug 14 into mountains near Athens, plunging from around 35,000 feet up (10 kilometres) to kill all 115 passengers and six crew in Greece and Cyprus' worst air disaster. The cause of the crash is a mystery -- the plane had flown for 2-1/2...

2005-08-17 16:22:58

By Brian Williams ATHENS (Reuters) - Cyprus's president said on Wednesday the weekend crash of a Cypriot airliner was "peculiar" with only one precedent, indirectly suggesting a link to U.S. golfer Payne Stewart's similar plane death six years ago. President Tassos Papadopoulos did not name the 1999 Learjet crash that killed Stewart and five others as the precedent in question, but Greek authorities have consistently highlighted it as their only known close comparison to Sunday's...

2005-08-17 10:01:37

By Brian Williams ATHENS (Reuters) - Investigators believe the key to discovering what caused a Cypriot plane to crash in Greece, killing all 121 people on board, may be found in the flight's final 23 minutes. On Wednesday, four days after the Sunday tragedy, there were as many questions as answers about why Helios Airways Boeing 737 flight from Larnaca to Prague, with a stop in Athens, crashed into mountains near Athens. Autopsy findings so far have indicated that all 115...

2005-08-16 14:34:04

By Brian Williams ATHENS (Reuters) - The co-pilot and two stewardesses on a Cyprus airliner were alive when the plane crashed in Greece at the weekend killing all 121 aboard, the chief coroner of the investigation said on Tuesday. The exact cause of Sunday's crash is still unclear, although initial reports had suggested many on board were already dead or unconscious at the time of impact because of an apparent loss of oxygen and cabin pressure in freezing temperatures at 35,000 feet...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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