Iran Air Passenger Jet Crashes Near Orumiyeh Airport; Death Toll: 77

01/13/2011 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // Sandra Quinlan // Justice News Flash

Orumiyeh, Iran—A total of 77 people aboard an Iran Air passenger jet were killed when the plane crashed near an airport in the northwestern city of Orumiyeh on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011. The mass-casualty airliner crash, which involved a 37-year old Boeing Co. 727 jet, occurred during adverse weather conditions, as reported by Bloomberg.

According to Road and Transportation Minister Hamid Behbahani, an Iran Air plane took off from Tehran and was headed toward Orumiyeh when “unsuitable weather and bad vision” seemingly hindered the pilot’s ability to land.

The jet was apparently circling the area, just after missing its first landing attempt, when it lost contact with air traffic controllers at a nearby approach tower around 7:45 p.m.

The plane crash claimed the lives of 77 people aboard the Iran Air jet. Twenty-eight people, many of whom suffered various injuries, survived the aviation accident.

This particular plane crash brings light to years of United National Security Council sanctions and the effect they have had on air travel in Iran.

After the U.S. and its allies claimed that Iran used its nuclear program to conceal its plans to develop atomic weapons, Iran was placed under four rounds of U.S. sanctions.

Iran has contested such accusations, maintaining that the country “needs nuclear technology for civilian purposes and to secure energy for its growing population.”

Nonetheless, the U.S. sanctions prevent Iran, which owns American-built aircrafts purchased prior to the Iranian Revolution (1979), from buying new planes and spare parts from Boeing Co., Airbus SAS and other American suppliers.

Ahmad Majidi, road and transportation deputy minister for crisis management, told reporters that the passenger jet had been serviced “in recent months.”

Iranian officials, who discovered the wrecked aircraft’s black boxes, are expected to conduct a full investigation into the deadly plane crash.

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