No final conclusion yet on cause of plane crash: defense committee chairman

TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (MNA) -- Majlis Defense Committee Chairman Reza Talaii-Nik said on Monday that differences of opinion between military and non-military expert groups have prevented the committee from reaching a certain conclusion about the cause of the recent C-130 plane crash which killed 108 people after hitting an apartment block in Tehran.

All military commanders and other related officials have provided the committee with the necessary information concerning the disastrous crash, Talaii-Nik told reporters. “However, we have not yet reached a final conclusion.”


He noted that the 32-member group investigating the cause of the C-130 crash is comprised of judicial, governmental and military officials.


The plane was carrying a group of journalists and a number of military personnel to southern Iran to cover a military maneuver.  


The Majlis Defense Committee has not yet received a comprehensive and final report from the investigation panel but is pursuing the case in cooperation with the Attorney General’s Office and the Defense Ministry, Talaii-Nik stated.


He referred to technical problems, the lack of an appropriate runway at the Mehrabad International Airport, and problems in flight systems as the most important reasons for the crash, adding that the committee is also investigating why the plane changed course and the reason for the 110-second breakdown in communication between the control tower and the plane. 


Talaii-Nik added that the Majlis committee would soon present a report about the technical and support services of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force.






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