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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 May 2006, 15:27 GMT 16:27 UK
In pictures: Armenian plane crash

Wreckage of an Armenian passenger plane in the Black Sea

An Armenian passenger plane flying to Russia has crashed into the Black Sea, killing all 113 people aboard, officials have said.

A rescuer holds a piece of the wreckage

Search and rescue teams retrieved at least 46 bodies, body parts and jagged pieces of the Airbus A-320 plane from the choppy waters near the southern Russian city of Sochi.

A policeman passes between the tail of the tail of the plane and some of passengers' belongings

The plane's tail and some of the passengers' belongings were also pulled from the sea.

A Sochi port crane lifts the retractable landing gear of the plane

A piece of the landing gear was recovered, and a deep-sea robot was to be used to track down the jet's recorders.

Investigators examine debris

Armenian and Russian investigators were examining debris to determine the cause of the crash. They said they believed it was due to bad weather.

A file photo of a plane similar to the plane which crushed near Sochi

The Armavia airline's jet flying from Yerevan to Sochi's airport, Adler, disappeared from radar screens at 0215 local time (2215 GMT Tuesday) as it made a second attempt to land.

Women at Yerevan's airport read the passenger list of those killed in the crash

Dozens of tearful relatives kept an anguished vigil at Adler and Yerevan airports, as the list of those killed was released. Most of the passengers were Armenian nationals.

A man is taken away on stretches at Adler airport, near Sochi

One of the relatives became hysterical and had to be taken away by ambulance.




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