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Feb 19th, 2003, 11:35 PM
An Iranian military transport aircraft carrying 302 people has crashed in the south of the country, killing all those on board.

The plane was on a flight between the town of Zahedan, near the border with Pakistan, and the central city of Kerman when it lost contact with air traffic control at about 1730 local time (1400 GMT).

The cause of the crash is not yet known, but air traffic controllers at Kerman airport said the pilot had radioed bad weather and strong winds before losing contact, the Iranian news agency IRNA reports. There has been heavy snow in the region.

Timeline of air disasters

Rescue workers have reached the scene of the crash and have begun sifting through the wreckage.

Iranian television said there were no survivors among the 284 elite Revolutionary Guards and 18 crew aboard the Russian-made Ilyushin plane.

The Guard, which was formed soon after the overthrow of the Shah and the creation of the Islamic republic more than 20 years ago, is seen as a staunch defender of Iran's Islamic regime.

Earlier reports had said at least 270 people had been on board the plane when it crashed in a mountainous area.

String of accidents

An unnamed official told Tehran television that the passengers had been on a visit to the impoverished Sistan-Baluchestan province of which Zahedan is the capital.

The Iranian cabinet, in a statement, has offered condolences to the nation and bereaved families over the "tragic event in which a group of IRGC [Revolutionary Guards] brothers" were killed.

There has been a series of disasters in Iran involving mainly Russian-built planes.

Up to half of Iran's transport aircraft are believed to be of Russian design, and correspondents say they have a poor safety record.

Three of them have crashed in the past two years, killing an estimated 200 people.

The most recent disaster was in December when a new Ukrainian plane flew into a mountain, killing more than 40 scientists on board, as it was preparing to land in Isfahan, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) south of the capital Tehran.

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Feb 19th, 2003, 11:36 PM

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Feb 19th, 2003, 11:55 PM

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Feb 20th, 2003, 12:23 AM
WOW! That's horrible!

Feb 20th, 2003, 01:55 AM
why are there so many planes crashing these days? i'm afraid to travel now:(

Feb 20th, 2003, 04:03 AM
That's horrible that so many people can be lost at once :sad: