All Armenian newspapers on Thursday provide an extensive coverage to the previous day’s air crash in which all 168 people on board a Caspian Airlines plane operating a Tehran-Yerevan flight were killed.
“Hraparak” writes that “no condolences, no state commission and mourning, no financial and medical aid can not relieve the pain of the families and friends of the victims of the Tehran-Yerevan flight.”
“Only the revelation of the real cause of the crash and punishment of those responsible will bring some consolation to them,” the paper underlines.
“Hayots Ashkhar” presents a summary statistics of plane crashes: “Statistically, 18 percent of crashes occur while a plane picks speed on the runway, 11 percent occur at takeoff, 5 percent during a horizontal flight, 3 percent during lowering, and 12 percent on heading for landing, and 16 percent on landing proper. And finally, most frequently planes crash upon touching ground – 25 percent.”
“Azg” suggests that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev’s intensified war rhetoric even after the joint statement on the Karabakh settlement by the leaders of the United States, France and Russia amounts to blackmail. The paper’s commentator says the failure of the Armenian authorities to respond properly to these statements might be seen in Baku as a sign of weakness and encourage belligerent Azerbaijan.
“With his bellicose statements Ilham [Aliev] blackmails not only international forces and fails to live up to the commitments he assumed under the Moscow declaration, but also shows that he can freely oppose the calls by the presidents of the United States, France and Russia. No matter what the attitude of the international forces to his statements is, when they fail to react to it adequately, they willy-nilly legitimize it. But in this case, the problem is not only the tolerance of the international forces, but the silence of the Armenian authorities,” the paper writes.