Armenia Seeks Russia’s Help to Transport S. Sudan Victims; Bus Crash Victims Transported

The plane came down on the banks of the White Nile river (Source: Jason Patinkin/Al Jazeera)
The plane came down on the banks of the White Nile river (Source: Jason Patinkin/Al Jazeera)

The plane came down on the banks of the White Nile river (Source: Jason Patinkin/Al Jazeera)

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—The Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has applied to the Russian Foreign Ministry with a request to arrange the transport of the bodies of the pilots who died in a crash in South Sudan through its Embassy in Uganda and South Sudan.

The Ministry says further information will be provided.

A cargo plane crashed Wednesday morning along the banks of the Nile River after taking off from South Sudan’s capital of Juba. The crash killed 36 people and left an infant clinging to life.

Six of the plane’s crew members — five Armenians and a Russian — were among the dead.

Meanwhile, the bodies of the eight Armenian citizens killed in a bus crash in Russia’s Tula region were transported to Yerevan on Thursday night on a charter flight.

The plane took off from Moscow at 5:00pm local time and land at Zvartnots Airport at 8:00pm Yerevan time.

The plane also transported the injured passengers, whose health conditions were satisfactory for travel. The Ministry of Transport and Communication published the list of the injured that flew home tonight.

The Yerevan-bound bus crashed in Russia’s Tula region because the driver fell asleep at the wheel, Deputy Head of the Russian Ministry of Interior Affairs Alexander Savenkov has said, RIA Novosti reports.

According to Savenkov, the number of road accidents in Russia has increased due to violations of work and rest periods.

Following the accident on Tuesday, Moscow Traffic Police impounded two buses bound for Yerevan on Thursday, RFE/RL’s Armenian service ( reports.

The RIA Novosti news agency quoted a spokesman for Moscow’s police department, Andrey Galiakberov, as saying that both vehicles, apparently owned by Armenian firms, were found to be in a poor technical condition. Their four Armenian drivers will be fined as a result, he said.

“Exploitation of these buses in the territory of Russia will be banned until the elimination of all detected problems,” added Galiakberov.

The buses were reportedly full of passengers travelling from Moscow to Yerevan when they were stopped by the Russian police. Their owners were not immediately known.

In what appears to be a related development, the Armenian government announced on Thursday plans to toughen licensing requirements for transport firms providing bus services in and outside Armenia. The Ministry of Transport and Communications said it has put forward a bill stipulating that such firms can be allowed to operate only on a competitive basis.

First Deputy Transport Minister Artur Arakelian claimed that the bill was drafted months before the Tula accident.

Under existing Armenian laws and regulations, bus companies transporting people on a non-regular basis do not need to receive government licenses and undergo special technical inspections.

The names of passengers injured in the crash who flew to Yerevan on Thursday are as follows:

Ispiryan Gevorg (born in 1980)
Khurshudyan Aram (born in 1986)
Martirosyan Aram (born in 1999)
Simonyan Hovnan (born in 1974)
Karapetyan Edgar (born in 1977)
Rushanyan Knarik (born in 1970)
Rushanyan Zhora ( born in 1998)
Minasyan Hunan (born in 1989)
Yeremyan Armen (born in 1987)
Khachatryan Karen (born in 1994)
Tovmasyan Razmik (born in 1981)
Gharakhanyan Simon (born in 1975)
Sahradyan Hrach (born in 1957)
Matikyan Arthur (born in 1976)
Martikyan Arsen (born in 1972), citizen of the Russian Federation
Hovhannisyan Arthur (born in 1982)
Ohanyan Zhora (born in 1964)
Adamyan Yurik (born in 1964)
Chaparyan Knarik (born in 1970)
Ghasaboghlyan Garik (born in 1984)
Tadevosyan Sirekan (born in 1960), citizen of the Russian Federation
Dabielyan Vova (born in 1976)
Usunyan Levon (born in 1971)
Arakelyan Sargis (born in 1987)
Yeremishyan Narine (born in 1961)
Safaryan Karen (born in 1985)
Antonyan Radik (born in 1972)
Hambartsumyan Arkady (born in 1992)
Mkrtchyan Sargis (born in 1966)
Hakobyan Tigran (born in 1985)
Khachatryan Tigran (born in 1998)
Zakaryan Karen

The following Armenian citizens remained in Russia for further treatment:

Asryan Apres
Sarkosyan (Markosyan) Gayane
Yeremyan Anushavan
Gasparyan Gohar
Yesayan Yesai
Hakobyan Tigran
Grigoryan Sargis
Hovhannisyan Arthur
Sirakanyan Hropsime
Gesoyan Asmand
Nahapetyan Hakob
Sargsyan Seryozha

The eight passengers who died in the crash were transported to St. Gregory the Illuminator Medical center in Yerevan:

Ispiryan Gevorn (born in 1980)
Usunyan Levon (born in 1971)
Arakelyan Sargis (born in 1987)
Yeremishyan Narine (born in 1961)
Safaryan Karen (born in 1985)
Antonyan Radik (born in 1972)
Hambardzumyan Arkady (born in 1992)
Mkrtchyan Sargis (born in 1966)


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  1. Norin said:

    Tragic and sadly, preventable. Both the driver and charter co should be punished.