YEREVAN (Public Radio of Armenia)—The bodies of eight Armenians killed in a bus crash in Russia’s Tula region will be transported to Yerevan on a charter flight on November 5, the Ministry of Transport and Communication reports.
The plane is expected to take off from Moscow at 5:00pm local time and land at Zvartnots Airport at 8:00pm Yerevan time.
The plane will also transport passengers injured in the crash, whose health condition are satisfactory for travel. The names of the passengers that will fly to Yerevan will be published tomorrow.
Those who are currently receiving treatment at medical centers in Tula will remain there as long as needed.
The owner of King Deluxe, the charter company operating the bus, rules out the possibility of a mechanical malfunction that might have caused the crash. “All of our buses undergo appropriate inspections before rides,” Artur Harutiunian told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am). “We don’t let them hit the road if technical shortcomings are detected.”
“If a bus has technical problems on the road, the driver stops it, calls us and we send a replacement,” he said. “There was no such call in this case.”
At least eight Armenians were killed and 47 others were injured early on Tuesday when a Yerevan-bound bus carrying them drove off a highway in Russia’s Tula region just south of Moscow. The RIA Novosti news agency cited Russian police officials in Tula as suggesting that the Chinese-made Higer bus may have broken down during a Moscow-Yerevan service.
They also did not rule out the possibility of the bus driver having fallen asleep at the wheel.
All the passengers were citizens of Armenia. A criminal case was initiated on the basis of Article 264.5 of the Criminal Code of Russia—”violation of traffic rules and improper operation of transport means that caused vehicular homicide.”