10.01.11.V Iran crashed passenger plane Boeing-727 on January 9, near Lake Urmia in the mountainous province of Azerbaijan, in the north-western Iran. According to recent reports, 70 people were killed, 35 injured, according to Press TV. All aboard the crashed plane was 105 people.
As the head of the Center for Emergency Situations "Gholam" Reza Masoumi, 35 received injuries of varying severity and were taken to hospitals in the cities of Urmia and Tabriz, 32 people are in critical condition. For information about the victims confirmed representatives of the International Red Cross.
Passenger plane Boeing-727 airline Iran Air a flight, with a delay of an hour, from Tehran to Urmia, the capital of West Azerbaijan province. Cross-country plane makes emergency landing, it reached about 15 km to the runway, and a second attempt to land, falling apart. According to the authorities of the city of Urmia, the pilot lost contact with the airport before the plane disappeared from radar screens.
Iran Air airline representative reported that the most likely cause of the crash were the heavy snow, fog and wind. In these circumstances, the crew was unable to land the plane on the first attempt, the plane crashed during the second approach. Rescuers reported that the fire in the accident did not happen. However, the rescue operation was complicated by the fact that in the area of the crash snow depth reached 70 inches.
About the crash site told residents of the nearby village, who witnessed the fall. They also said that in the time of detection of the crashed plane, some of the passengers were able to get out of the airplane itself.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expressed his condolences to the bereaved families. Is investigating the causes of the crash.
Recall that in July 2009, an airliner crashed in northern Iran. Then crashed passenger Tu-154 belonging to the Russian-Iranian airline Caspian Airlines, which fly from Tehran to the Armenian capital Yerevan. Died on board 168.
In 2003, a military plane crashed in southeastern Iran, killing 276 soldiers and crew members.
In February 2002, Iran broke another aircraft grade "Tupolev", 199 people were killed.
Iranian fleet consists mainly of old aircraft.
In some cases, the crash in Iran was caused by poor maintenance of aircraft.
The Epoch Times