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Update: Death Toll Rises to 77 in Iran Plane Crash, 27 Injured

10 Jan 2011 00:1617 Comments




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Ahmadinejad Condoles over Plane Crash

Press TV | Jan 10

At least 77 people were killed and 27 injured when an IranAir-operated passenger plane crashed near the city of Orumiyeh, West Azarbaijan Province, Sunday night, IRNA quoted Head of Orumiyeh University of Medical Sciences Nosrat Molazadeh as saying on Monday.

The official added that all 27 people who were injured in the accident were transferred to hospitals in Orumiyeh.

The American-made Boeing 727 had taken off from Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, with a one-hour delay and was en route to Orumiyeh International Airport when the incident happened.

The plane reportedly approached the runway to land, but was forced to delay the touchdown due to severe winter weather conditions. The aircraft then disappeared from radar and went down in a farmland after making a second attempt to land.

Iranian Plane Crashes, 77 Passengers Killed

Fars | Jan 10

Witnesses said that the plane broke into several pieces on impact but did not explode.

Iran's relief and rescue squads rushed to the rendezvous point in less than an hour, although heavy snow complicated rescue efforts, Head of the State Emergency Centre, Gholam Reza Masoumi told FNA, adding that there was heavy fog in the area.

FNA dispatches said that all 12 crews of the plane were killed and one passenger was lost.

Meantime, an official with Iran's Road and Transportation Ministry told FNA that one of the black boxes of the plane has been found.

Iranian officials blame international sanctions for preventing the country from purchasing new American and European aircrafts and spare parts for the ones they have.


Plane with 106 People Crashes in Iran; 35 Survive

AP | Jan 9

An IranAir passenger jet carrying 106 people crashed as it was making an emergency landing Sunday in a snowstorm in the country's northwest and broke into several pieces, killing 71 of those on board, Iranian media reported. The others survived with light injuries.

The pilots of the Boeing-727, operated by Iran's national airline, attempted the emergency landing in the city of Orumiyeh after reporting a technical failure to the control tower, the semiofficial Mehr news agency reported, quoting a deputy provincial governor, Ebrahim Fatholahi.

The nature of the technical failure was unclear. A spokesman for the Iranian civil aviation organization, Abbas Mosayebi, said only that the plane "faced an incident," state TV reported.

Many Feared Dead in Iran Plane Crash

Guardian | Jan 9

Scores of people are feared dead after an Iranian passenger plane with 105 people on a flight from Tehran to Orumieh, the capital of West Azerbaijan province, crashed tonight in a rural area of north-west Iran.

The Boeing 727, belonging to the national carrier, IranAir, had been unable to land at Orumieh airport because of severe weather and came down near the southern shores of Orumieh lake.

Iran Passenger Plane Crash 'Kills 70'

BBC | Jan 9

An Iranian passenger plane with more than 100 people on board has crashed, killing at least 70 people, according to the state news agency Irna.

Thirty-two people were injured, the agency said, quoting deputy head of the Iranian Red Crescent Heidar Heidari.

The IranAir plane was flying from the capital Tehran when it came down near the north-western city of Orumiyeh -- which was its final destination.

Reports said it crashed in bad weather, and snow was hampering rescue efforts.

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12th Imam / January 10, 2011 12:55 AM

When will the curse of Islamic Republic end? It is heart breaking to see what is happening to Iranians on weekly basis. These American planes are over 40 years old. Even the Russian planes they purchase or lease are old. They are flying coffins. This regime has no value for human life. They waste Iran's money on Lebanese, palestinians and terrorists and fly our own people to their death.

Jamileh / January 10, 2011 12:57 AM

Another great acheivent for IRI.
Number one in the world for plane crashes in less than a decade.didn't know that any country in addition to Borgina Fasoa and Commor islands flew 727's

anonumous / January 10, 2011 2:55 AM

The commonality of similar tragedies in Iran are a direct result of the nation having had a long tradition of being dependent on the outside technology.

We know that the government of Iran is working to break that tradition. In the meantime, there will be no winners or heroes. There will be no victory parades and trophies for the generation of Iranians who are waging the war of independence from foreign powers. But the beneficiary of the sacrifices we make today will be the future generations of Iranians who will inherit a country supported by a strong independent industry; one which has the ability to produce the parts these planes need to fly safely. The aim, of course, is eventually to begin to manufacture the planes themselves; you have to if they are not selling them to you.

Remember, steps that are being taken by the government today will not immediately make Iranians safer but a generation or two from now flying on Iranian planes will be just as safe as flying on the planes of any other nation.

Ekbatana / January 10, 2011 5:07 AM

If you care so much; you should write your congressman to stop the ban on civilian aircraft parts.

Khoda Rahmat Konad.

Inna llellah va inna elahe rajeoon.

Ali (UCLA) / January 10, 2011 5:27 AM

Initial guess of cause is pilot error.

BTW this is the first fatal accident for IranAir since 1980 (not counting IR655).

Pirouz / January 10, 2011 5:38 AM

Stop bragging.What you see is what you got.This is the true image of the Islamic Republic.Don't come here and try to B.S. people.Next thing you know you will be landing on the moon.They can't even fly people safely to their destinations.Iran Air used to be one of the safest in the world.

I am so sorry for our people.

Sepideh / January 10, 2011 6:56 AM

Sepideh khanom:
The road to independence isn't rosy. There is a cost. As for Iranians "landing on the moon," perhaps we are both young enough (judging by your kneejerk reaction) to see the day. Several countries, including Turkey, have signed on to work with Iran on that.

Change is inevitable. But no one claims it is all going to happen within one life time. I say we should welcome sanctions. The greater the challenge, the greater the gain.

Ekbatana / January 10, 2011 9:24 AM

Dear Ekbatana,

You do realise that a far easier challenge would be to work on ending the sanctions? Then we would not have to helplessly watch our compatriots fall from the skies in order to uphold our "principles" and "independence".

The siege mentality being fostered in the Iranian mindset by the regime is very disturbing. We are all too easily forgetting that conflict resolution is a very viable alternative available to us.

Pak / January 10, 2011 10:51 AM

Shame on the US government for not recognizing that some of these sanctions harm ordinary Iranians.

Anonymous / January 10, 2011 10:52 AM

Dear Pak,

Ah, but "ending the sanctions," is no challenge at all. Given the vast resources of Iran, there will always be countries waiting to unload their merchandise on us. That's one thing we Iranians will never have to worry about.

The current sanctions are a golden opportunity for the Iranian nation to assume responsibility for building the country; only if enough bright young Iranians realized what a great opportunity it is to assume that responsibility at a time in the history of our country when their ingenuity and inventiveness will count the most. Everyone talks about the glorious days of our nation. I wonder if any of them recalls those were the days when we made our own swords, our own shields, and our own chariots. We did not import them from Rome.

Ekbatana / January 10, 2011 12:07 PM

this is indeed a godly government.

how is it possible to crash half a dozen planes each year?

the islamic republic is indeed unique.

btw it has nothing to do with sanctions. there is no sanctions on russian planes and they fall like birds in america.

its only biorzegie iraniane eslami.

Arman / January 10, 2011 12:15 PM

I really like that. Ekbatana is sitting on his arse in the safety of his house in his new found land declaring,"I say we should welcome sanctions." Meanwhile, innocent Iranians are falling out of sky and the Turks are laughing all the way to the bank. Why not. They just sold a lake front property on the moon to Ekbatana and his short mentor.

Nekbatana / January 10, 2011 12:25 PM

Iranian plane crashes appear to happen on a regular basis of late - sanctions have nothing to do with it - even if parts etc were available, I very much doubt than air safety of Iranian civilians would be at the forefront of this government's priorities - this ongoing excuse just provides an easy reason for people to notch up another cause of hatred and discontent for the rest of the world.

shokuffe / January 10, 2011 7:14 PM

@ Ekbatana

Would you say the same if your Mom had died in that flight?

PersianTraveler / January 11, 2011 3:32 AM

The event known as 'death,' is an impersonal stage, albeit much less tumultuous event than 'birth,' in the evoluntionary cycle of a given personality. It has a precise time for any individual personality and to imply that any of the 70 or so killed in the crash would be alive today if they were not on board is a moot point. They would have passed on at that particular point in time of their lives no matter where and what their condition of living.

Having said that, to personalize an event as impersonal as 'death,' is an error. To compare one person's death with the implications of the death of another person is yet another error. Study the life and death of "Emmett Till."

Ekbatana / January 11, 2011 6:35 AM


You are mad.

Minoo / January 11, 2011 2:28 PM