Air Transportation: Iran's Safety Crises and the CIA Conspiracy


November30, 2006: For the fourth time in the past year, an Iranian airliner crashed. This time, it was an An-74, a 19 ton, twin engine military transport made in Russia. Last September, a Russian made Tu-154 went down, last January a Falcon 20 crashed, and last December, a U.S. built C-130 was lost. Poor management and bad politics (which have produced trade sanctions and a shortage of aircraft replacement parts) have led to a bad maintenance, and an increasingly dismal safety situation. Losing nearly two percent of your heavy transports in one year is an incredibly bad record. Thirty years ago, Iranian civil aviation was one of the safest in the world. The clerics running the country as a religious dictatorship, blame the aviation disasters on the United States and Israel. Secret agents and all that. Some people believe it.


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