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Missile Hits Jet Carrying Armenians From Enclave

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The New York Times
Published: March 28, 1992

A passenger plane evacuating people from the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh was hit today by a heat-seeking missile fired from Azerbaijan, news reports said, but the pilot landed the burning jet safely. Minor injuries were reported. The Yak-40 Aeroflot jet of Armenia’s fleet had just taken off from Stepanakert, the capital of the enclave, when it was hit by a missile fired from the Kelbadzhar district in Azerbaijan, said Mikit Kazaryan, a spokesman for the Armenian Mission in Moscow. The plane was flying to Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.

The Interfax news agency said the plane was evacuating wounded women and children from Nagorno-Karabakh, which is populated mainly by Armenian Christians but lies within the borders of largely Muslim Azerbaijan. A Yak-40 can carry about 30 passengers.

The attack on the jet was reported as Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a formal two-week extension of a cease-fire in the disputed region pending the beginning of peace talks, officials on both sides said. The two former Soviet republics have been fighting for control of the enclave for four years.


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