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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Is the U.S. complicit in Iran civil aviation disasters?

another sad state of affairs exacerbated by the foreign policy of the hegemon...
An IranAir passenger jet carrying around 100 people crashed as it was making an emergency landing Sunday in a snowstorm in the country's northwest and broke into several pieces, killing 70 of those on board, Iranian media reported. The others survived with light injuries.


Iran has a history of frequent air accidents blamed on its aging aircraft and poor maintenance. IranAir's fleet includes Boeing and Airbus aircraft, many of them bought before the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, which led to a cutoff in ties between the two nations.

Iranian airlines, including those run by the state, are chronically strapped for cash, and maintenance has suffered, experts say. U.S. sanctions prevent Iran from updating its 30-year-old American aircraft and make it difficult to get European spare parts or planes as well. The country has come to rely on Russian aircraft, many of them Soviet-era planes that are harder to get parts for since the Soviet Union's fall.

i posted on this topic back in july 2009 along with a timeline of iran air crashes... you can bet that you won't hear any outcry in the u.s. about the continuing loss of life that is at least indirectly connected to sanctions on iran...

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