31 years have passed since the devastating earthquake of Spitak. The earthquake that occurred on December 7, 1988 almost entirely destroyed the northern settlements of Armenia. The earthquake took away the lives of more than 25 thousand people, tens of thousands of people became disabled, hundreds of thousands of people became homeless. The village of Nalband and the city of Spitak, Gyumri and Vanadzor suffered the most. Good people from all over the world rushed to help our people. Unfortunately, the airplane of the Serbian pilots bringing help to Armenia, crushed on Ejmiatsin-Armavir road. All the members of the crew died.
The grateful Armenian nation made a monument from the pieces of the crushed airplane at the place where the accident happened. Every year here, near this monument, the people of Ejmiatsin honor the memory of the victims. The Municipality of Ejmiatsin and active citizens, led by Mayor Diana Gasparyan, laid flowers and wreaths at the memorial to the Serbian pilots, paying tribute to both the victims of Spitak earthquake and the Serbian pilots.