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Iran Investigates Cause of Plane Crash

Monday, 10 Jan 2011 07:49 AM

Iranian officials raised the death toll in yesterday’s crash of an Iran Air passenger jet, as authorities began an investigation into the cause of the accident.

Roads and Transportation Minister Hamid Behbahani, speaking from the site of the accident early today, told state television that 72 of the 105 people on board were killed. The ministry’s deputy head of crisis management, Ahmad Majidi, put the death toll higher, saying that as many as 77 people died, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency, which said that 52 of the dead have been identified.

The Boeing 727 plane was en route from Tehran to the northern city of Orumiyeh and was unable to land due to “unsuitable weather and bad vision,” Behbahani said. It missed an initial landing attempt and was circling when it disappeared from the radar screens of Orumiyeh approach tower at about 7:45 p.m. local time, the state-run Fars news agency said.

The plane broke into pieces after the impact and did not explode, Fars said. Eleven teams of experts have been sent to the scene of the crash to investigate, Majidi said.

Iran’s American-built aircraft were purchased before Iran’s 1979 revolution, when the two countries cut off relations. Iranian airlines, including the flagship carrier, Iran Air, have struggled to keep those planes operating amid sanctions that restrict the purchase of new planes and spare parts from suppliers such as Boeing Co. and Airbus SAS.

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