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Thu, Feb 14, 2008

Reports: No Fatalities In Armenian CRJ Takeoff Crash

At Least Four Injured; Plane's Wing Touched Ground

ANN REALTIME REPORTING 02.14.08 1300 EST: Details are sketchy about the circumstances that led to a CRJ-100 regional airliner crashing shortly after takeoff Thursday from Yerevan Zvartnots Airport in Armenia, but reports indicate all 21 people onboard the airliner survived the accident.

BBC News reports the CRJ, operated by Belarussian state airline Belavia, had just departed for Minsk when the aircraft's wing touched the ground, causing the aircraft to flip over several times and catch fire.

"Nearly everyone on board received burns of various degrees," said Gayane Davtyan, a spokeswoman for Armenia's civil aviation authority. The accident on Flight 1834 took place at 0415 local time Thursday morning.

There is no immediate indication of what caused the crash. Unconfirmed reports from the scene state the plane departed the runway, then rolled to one side, leading to the wing strike.

ANN will update this story as more information becomes available.

FMI: http://belavia.by/index_en.htm

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