“Azg” editorializes that the crash of the Armenian airliner was “horrible” but probably inevitable given the state of civil aviation in Armenia in the past 15 years. “True, we now have modern European aircraft, and security equipment and services at our airport have been upgraded,” writes the paper. “But the sloppiness, which has become an Armenian trait along with our dislike of law and order and is absolutely incompatible with aviation, has long worried individuals dealing with that sphere.” Armenian aviation officials have always had a uniform answer to their concerns: “Nothing will happen. The expertise of our pilots is so great that…”
“Aravot” voices a number of questions regarding the circumstances of the air disaster. “Why didn’t anyone on board the plane feel a deadly danger and have time to put on the life vests? Why is it that the plane disappeared from radar screens at 2:15 am Moscow time and a rescue boat located its wreckage only two hours later? Maybe human lives could have been saved during those two hours. And the most important question: who is to blame for the fact that the plane found itself in extremely dangerous weather conditions?” Plane crashes usually happen as a result of “criminal mistakes” committed by certain individuals, concludes the paper.
“Hayots Ashkhar” notes that the Armenian Airbus A-320s was a “modern and powerful” aircraft with a high-tech design and sophisticated security systems. “The theory about it crashing because of bad weather engenders questions,” says the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says there seems to have been no lack of information regarding the crash but has doubts about its “objectivity.” “The thing is that the information related to the disaster is being provided by relevant government bodies in Armenia and Russia,” explains the paper. “And given the half-Communist and half-KGB background and mentality of the governments of the two countries, it may well be that some mutually agreed theory which does not reflect the real picture is being presented as the cause of the disaster.”
“According to some reports, the Armenian plane received wrong data from Adler airport,” continues “Haykakan Zhamanak.” The paper speculates that this might be the reason why Russian officials say that the black boxes of the A-320 may never be found. It claims that some Armenian officials believe the Russians have decided to “make the black boxes disappear so that the real causes of the crash are not established.”
According to “Hayots Ashkhar,” some experts say the plane may have been told to land on the second, spare runway of Adler airport. “That meant the aircrew had to re-program the flight for making a landing in different conditions, something which was not done,” says the paper.