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UK, Germany, Turkey condole Iran

Iran Materials 11 January 2011 12:46
Foreign ministers of Germany, Britain and Turkey have expressed their sincere condolences to Iran over a deadly plane crash in the country's northwestern city of Orumiyeh.
UK, Germany, Turkey condole Iran
Foreign ministers of Germany, Britain and Turkey have expressed their sincere condolences to Iran over a deadly plane crash in the country's northwestern city of Orumiyeh, Press TV reported.

In a telephone conversation with Iran's caretaker Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Monday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle expressed his grief over the "shocking" plane crash.

He offered his condolences to the Iranian government and nation and the bereaved families of the victims.

Salehi and Westerwelle also exchanged views on bilateral relations and international developments.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague also expressed sympathy with Iran over the bloody plane crash, saying that he was deeply saddened by the death of dozens of Iranian passengers

Meanwhile, in a separate telephone conversation with Salehi, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu offered his condolences to the government and people of Iran on behalf of Turkish officials

At least 77 people were killed and 27 injured when an IranAir-operated passenger plane crashed near Lake Orumiyeh, 700 kilometers (almost 435 miles) northwest of Tehran, after it took off from the capital's Mehrabad International Airport on Sunday

The plane reportedly headed for the runway to land but was forced to abort touchdown due to inclement weather conditions. The aircraft then disappeared from radar and crashed in a farmland after making a second attempt to land in the early evening hours.

Following the heartfelt incident in Orumiyeh, Iranian Minister of Roads and Transportation Hamid Behbahani said on Sunday that the government has launched a probe into the cause of the crash.

"The two black boxes of the plane have been found and it will take a while until the fact-finding committee can discover the main cause of the incident," Behbahani noted.

There have been 29 cases of plane crashes in Iran since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, which have caused the loss of more than 1,600 lives

In Iran's worst air accident, a Russian-made Ilyushin 76 crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran in February 2003, killing 302 people onboard

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