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Experts launch probe into Iran air crash

Iran Materials 11 January 2011 16:46
Iran's General Inspection Organization has dispatched a team of experts to launch an investigation into the deadly Orumiyeh plane crash in northwestern Iran.
Experts launch probe into Iran air crash

Iran's General Inspection Organization has dispatched a team of experts to launch an investigation into the deadly Orumiyeh plane crash in northwestern Iran.

A high-ranking delegation, including experienced inspectors and experts of the General Inspection Organization left the Iranian capital, Tehran, for the site of the deadly crash early Tuesday to find out the real cause of the accident, Press TV reported.

The crash occurred near Iran's northwestern city of Orumiyeh in West Azarbaijan province, leaving 77 passengers and crew members dead and 27 others injured.

Meanwhile, the Development Committee of Majlis and the Roads and Transportation Ministry announced Monday that they would launch intensive probes into the incident as well.

The Iran Air-operated plane crashed near Lake Orumiyeh, 700 kilometers (435 miles) northwest of Tehran. The US-built Boeing 727 had taken off from the Iranian capital's Mehrabad International Airport and was en route to Orumiyeh International Airport when the incident occurred.

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

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

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