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Helios relatives to mark anniversary on Sunday in Cyprus and in Greece

Helios plane crash, August 14, 2005

About 70 relatives of the 121 Helios victims, along with Greek relatives of the victims, will visit the site of the crash on Sunday at Grammatiko, where the plane went down, for the annual memorial services.

In Cyprus, memorial services for each victim will be held by each family individually, according to head of the Association of Victims’ Relatives Nicolas Yiasoumi.

At 8.30 am Sunday, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou will deliver a eulogy at the memorial services to be held for the victims at the Ayios Georgios church in Paralimni, Famagusta.

On the morning of August 14, 2005, a Helios Airways Boeing 737 took off from Larnaca for a scheduled flight to Athens, in transit to Prague, its final destination.

Aboard the plane were 115 passengers, 103 Cypriots and 12 Greeks, on their way to their summer holidays, and a crew of six.

A lack of oxygen incapacitated the crew mid-flight, leading to the eventual crash of the aircraft, after it ran out of fuel, into a mountain at Grammatiko, some 40 kilometres north of Athens.

The lack of oxygen was triggered by the failure of a ground engineer running a pressurisation test prior to take-off to reset the pressurisation system’s setting to ‘auto’ from ‘manual’, investigators later found.

With 121 fatalities, the Helios crash was the deadliest aviation disaster in Cypriot and Greek history.

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