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Helios Airways air crash - Cyprus President
2005-08-14 10:42:41

Nicosia, Aug 14 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos expressed shock and deep sorrow at the death of many people in today's air crash of an Helios Airlines aircraft, near Athens.

Under-secretary to the President Christodoulos Pashardis read a statement on behalf of President Papadopoulos at Larnaca airport after a lengthy emergency meeting.

The statement reads as follows:

''On behalf of the government, interpreting the feelings of the people of Cyprus, I would like to express to the relatives of the victims of the tragedy my deepest condolences.

At this very difficult time, I want to assure them that they will have our full solidarity.''

An Helios Airways Boeing 737, carrying 115 passengers and six crew, crashed near Athens at around noon today. Its final destination was Prague. No names have been released and no information about the cause of the crash.

A spokesman for the airline said all options are being investigated.

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