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Iranian C-130 crashes - 110 killed

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posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 11:47 AM
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TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- An Iranian military transport plane has crashed near Tehran after hitting a 10-story apartment building, killing at least 110 people -- most of them aboard the plane -- Iranian officials and state-run media reported.

The air force C-130 -- carrying more than 90 people -- crashed at about 2 p.m. (1030 GMT) on Tuesday, sparking fires in the apartment building that houses military personnel and their families.

"Both the main and reserve fuel tanks were full which is why the plane went up in flames as soon as it hit the building," Ahmad Ziaie, the head of Iran's fire brigade told state television, Reuters reported.

In Iran's last major military air disaster, an Iranian Ilyushin-76 troop carrier crashed in the southeast of the country on February 19, 2003, killing all 276 Revolutionary Guard soldiers and crew aboard.

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Perhaps the lack of support and spares was the reason for the crash


[edit on 6-12-2005 by Stealth Spy]




posted on Dec, 6 2005 @ 12:02 PM
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Originally posted by Stealth Spy

Perhaps the lack of support and spares was the reason for the crash


[edit on 6-12-2005 by Stealth Spy]


Yeah, indeed. C-130's are incredibly reliable aircraft. Here is a list of other crashes in Iran, in recent years: www.alertnet.org...

This Washington Post article suggests the lack of spares might be the cause of it:

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U.S. sanctions on Iran have led to chronic shortages of spare parts...

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Witnesses said one wing was in flames as the plane descended.

www.washingtonpost.com...



 
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