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A Russian-made Iranian airliner crashed and exploded in farmland 75 miles northwest of Tehran today, killing all 168 people aboard, after an apparent engine fire.
The Tupolev 154M of Caspian Airlines came down near the city of Qazvin about 15 minutes into the flight bound for Yerevan, Armenia. The crash was the third involving an Iranian Tu154 in seven years.
People on the ground said that the Caspian jet, a later version of the medium-range Soviet workhorse of the 1970s, descended with fire coming from one of its three tail-mounted engines. The pilots appeared to be looking for a landing spot and had lowered the undercarriage when it suddenly plunged, gouging a long trench, and exploded.
Air France has said it is accelerating replacement of speed monitors on Airbus planes following the disappearance of a jet over the Atlantic six days ago.
It said it had noticed problems arising from icing on the monitors last year and had begun changing them in April.
There has been speculation that faulty data on the old-type sensors may have caused the crash of the Rio de Janeiro-Paris flight with 228 people on board.
Investigators say that sensors on board the missing Airbus 330 were providing "inconsistent data" in the minutes before it went missing.
The airline Yemenia has said it may reconsider an order for 10 Airbus A350s because it has received "no support" from the manufacturer.
Yemenia chairman Abdul Khaleq al-Qadi said Airbus had jumped to conclusions after the crash of a Yemenia plane off the Comoros Islands last week.
Without any proof, he said, Airbus had told the media the crash was the result of technical problems.
The Comoran community in France held protests in both Paris and Marseille, saying that the 19-year-old aircraft had not been fit for service.
And the French Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau on Friday said that Yemenia was "under strict surveillance", and would have to make "big efforts" to avoid being placed on an EU blacklist of airlines banned from entering Europe.
Yemenia, however, says that bad weather - strong winds and high seas - was the more likely cause of the crash of flight IY626.
Originally posted by kiwifoot
I cannot recall such a tragic succession of air crashes. It makes me think that the recession is biting hard on airlines. For some, especially for the lesser carriers, cutting back on the stringent but costly maintenence required might be one way of saving a bit of cash.
Just something to think about if you're booking a flight in a developing country, or with a less popular airline.
I would spread the word too. Just in case!
[edit on 15-7-2009 by kiwifoot]
Originally posted by Tunatarian
I noticed today that there were 13 airplane incidents reported to this site (Link) in the last seven days.....just in the U.S. alone! The types of airplanes vary greatly, but it still seems a bit out of the ordinary. Twelve of these were in the past three days.
Originally posted by moonwalk
Actually, I wouldn't be too quick to assume that a flight in a developing country, or a less popular airline has a higher percentage of crashing, that is if I made the right connection in your post.
While it might be true that in this current recession, the aviation industry has taken a dump, but during these times I find it more likely for the "big guys" to take more cuts and drastic measures due to the huge workforce and fleets that they have to manage and maintain. Now, not considering accidents for a moment, many major carriers have been in financial trouble lately needing drastic cuts and bailing out, whereas the lesser carriers seem to have less trouble adjusting amid the global downturn.
However, this is based on speculation. Just thought it might be worth mentioning that it isn't necessary to "spread the word" and a sense of worry and danger in flying low carrier and from less developed areas.
However, if you are flying an internal flight or even a flight that traverses two countries that have turned a blind eye to these rules, on your head be it, needless to say corruption is rife, and licences, and certificates can be fabricated, or in some cases ignored.