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One Year since Helios air crash
2006-08-17 11:48:11

Athens, Aug 14 -- Relatives of the victims of what has been described as the worst air disaster in Cyprus have gathered together at a church service in Greece to pray for the loved ones they lost a year ago.

In a somber and very emotional atmosphere, the bishops of Limassol Athanasios and Mesogeas Nikolaos led the congregation in prayer, at a church in Nea Makri, north of the Greek capital Athens, not far from the spot where the HELIOS Boeing crashed.

The aircraft came down in circumstances, still under investigation, in Grammatikos, north of Athens, killing all 121 passengers and crew on board. Most of the victims were Cypriots, some foreign nationals, 22 children and six crew members.

The final report of the Greek Investigative Committee, looking into the causes of the crash, led by Mr. Akrivos Tsolakis, is expected to be completed at the beginning of September.

He has assured everybody that the truth will prevail through his findings. Recent reports suggest that human bones and wedding rings were located, at the site of the crash, a year after it happened.

Memorial services were also held in Cyprus.

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