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Tehran Plane Crash

Theres been a plane crash in Tehran today. Apparently the plane was full of journalists and all have lost their lives, as well as people on the ground.

There are several LS members based in Tehran, one of whom is a very good friend of mine, so I’m wondering if theres anyone on the ground there who could give us an idea of whats going on, and if theres anything we can do.

by [a former member] at 2005-12-06 10:46:48 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) London , United Kingdom | Bookmark | | Report spam→

who do know there?  I think most still shooters had stayed back in Tehran

.   I have pretty much accounted for most of the people I know.
I think most of the dead will be from state sponsored news organizations and TV stations.

by [former member] | 06 Dec 2005 13:12 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
This is from the BBC:

Most of the passengers on board the plane were journalists and photographers from Iranian news agencies on their way to cover military manoeuvres on the southern coast. Nearly 40 employees of state-run television died.

The building remained standing but is a scorched shell.

Officials said several children, at home because schools were closed because of a smog alert in the capital, were among those who died in the apartment block.

"Most of the victims on the ground are women and children who were at home," Lieutenant Nasser Sedigh-Nia, who witnessed the crash, told AFP news agency.

An interior ministry spokesman said some of those killed on the ground had been in their cars, whose burnt-out shells littered the crash site.

Scores of people were taken to hospitals suffering from burns and the effects of smoke.

Scuffles broke out as police cordoned off the crash site, trying to keep hundreds of anxious residents from pushing past them.

And journalists at the site were beaten and had their tapes confiscated by the security forces.

by Jon Anderson | 06 Dec 2005 16:12 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Thanks, my friends have been accounted for, which is a relief. Although I understand they’ve lost some friends of theirs.

by [former member] | 06 Dec 2005 16:12 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

This is the sad state of Iran’s aviation situation as the result of western embargo.  Those used parts purchased for 4 times the normal price from third parties are just not good enough.  Iran seems to have a major crash every 12 months.

by [former member] | 06 Dec 2005 16:12 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→

So sad to see some familiar faces (see images on Getty)

by [former member] | 07 Dec 2005 12:12 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→

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