Part of 1974 No­rat­las fuse­lage and cock­pit found

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

Ex­ca­va­tions at the Make­donitissa mil­i­tary ceme­tery in Nicosia have un­cov­ered part of the fuse­lage and the cock­pit of No­rat­las, the Greek mil­i­tary trans­port plane that was shot down by friendly fire dur­ing the 1974 Turk­ish in­va­sion, ac­cord­ing to Pres­i­den­tial Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man­i­tar­ian Is­sues Pho­tis Pho­tiou.

Pho­tiou said this was a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment, not­ing that work would con­tinue un­til the whole fuse­lage was found, and the sci­en­tists and ar­chae­ol­o­gists would then pro­ceed with the last part of the sec­ond phase, which is to dis­cover any pos­si­ble re­mains of the Greek air­men who were on board No­rat­las.

“The work is be­ing car­ried out very care­fully. The ground is be­ing scanned ev­ery 30cm and I hope that af­ter the fuse­lage is found, we will also dis­cover the re­mains and re­turn them to the rel­a­tives, so that they are prop­erly buried”, he said. Pho­tiou said that the search was a slow process be­cause there may have been ex­plo­sives on board, and that Na­tional Guard ex­perts were present at all times.

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