Families of Azerbaijani plane crash victims to get AZN 100,000 compensation

Sat 09 July 2011 07:57 GMT | 12:57 Local Time

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'Families of each of the crew members who were on board of the crashed aircraft will be issued 100,000 manat in compensation'.

The statement came from Silk Way President Zaur Akhundov at a press conference.

'All crew members aboard the Azerbaijani cargo plane Il-76 that crashed in Afghanistan are dead', said Ilham Amirov, vice-president of Azerbaijan Airlines, AZAL, and head of the commission set up to investigate the causes of the crash at a press conference on Saturday.

'The photo and data we have allow us to say that, unfortunately, all nine crew members have died at the crash site. Our primary goal is to get to the site, to bring dead bodies of the crew and get the "black boxes" for investigation. I do declare that this is our aircraft (it is owned by Silk Way, AZAL structure for cargo transportation),' Amirov said at a press conference on Saturday in Baku.

'The crash has occurred in a remote location. There are armed groups in this area of Afghanistan and therefore we can not get to the site. Neither we nor Afghan representatives have been to the site yet,' AZAL vice-president said.

He noted that Azerbaijan wants to get an authority to investigate the crash.

'We would be glad if we are given an authority to investigate [the crash]. We have all technical possibilities for this. But the Afghan side holds the authority yet,' he said.

Cargo aircraft owned by Azerbaijani airway company Silk Way crashed in Parwan province in Afghanistan north of the capital Kabul on 6 July.

A total of 18 tonnes of cargo received from the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku was on board of the aircraft heading from Baku to Bagram.

Gun.Az, Interfax-Azerbaijan

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