What Did I Say About Air Disasters?
July 25, 2009 11:55am CST
Talking about some people not able to heed good and sound advice but we have a bad case here where the airline company is fatally doing it. Iranian airline had just had an incident killing all 168 on board and today we just have another incident where another of their passenger plane burst into flames and skidded off the runway during a landing attempt, killing 17 people. The Russian-made Ilyushin plane from the privately owned Aria Arilines was carrying 153 passengers and flew from the capital Tehran to the north-eastern city of Mashhad, 600 miles (1,000 kilometres) away. I thought these Russian made Ilyushins and Tupolevs are no longer supposed to be flying in the air anymore as many of these Soviet-era planes that are harder to get parts for since the Soviet Union's fall. Also, I am surprised that this airline company is still able to fly commercial passenger flights when studies have shown that they are chronically strapped for cash, and maintenance have found to be suspicious. It is also a known fact that Iran is under U.S. sanctions which is preventing the country from updating its 30-year-old American aircrafts and get European spare parts or planes as well. This is just one example where I said about paying attention to the aircraft used for our booked flights and advise about traveling with "poor" airlines. Yet, we can also see what U.S. sanctions can really do to a country. It is just sad and tragic at the end of the day where innocent lives are lost here. Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1201992/Passenger-jet-skids-runway-horror-crash-killing-17.html
28 Jul 09
there are many air disasters recently. we are sad.we all know that plane is safe in compare with cars. but we know too that once plane have somthing wrong,then we will have the worst results.
28 Jul 09
sharon2009, I do agree that commercial aircraft today, cannot afford to have any short in both their maintenance and repairs. Yet, I felt that these accidents are happening because the manufactured aircrafts aren't performing up to their specifications. And I would not be surprised if there were compromises on the construction materials, wiring and precision equipments. I must admit that I am making assumptions here, but if you can see the reports of auto pilot failures, aircraft bodies breaking apart and engine falling off - I just cannot think of erroneous constructions and suspicious quality control. I find these happenings too much to write off as accidents. It isn't so simple. So, until that day where an independent and international body can emerge to audit these airline companies and aircraft manufacturers - we will never have any answers. Take care.
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27 Jul 09
I am so sorry to hear about the plane incidents in Iran that have killed 168 people and then 17 people. The planes are old and just not safe to fly bu the sounds of it. Thirty years old makes the aircraft poor and difficult to repair if the faults are known about. The US sanctions should be lifted. Even in countries that are supposed to have decent planes accidents are happening. I was horrified to read about two crashes and a scary incident on a plane traveling from Singapore to Perth. Some passengers got injured when the auto pilot system went wrong. Flying is not as enjoyable nowadays after all the negative press lately of accidents and fatal crashes. Good luck and safe flying to everyone.
27 Jul 09
maximax8, Air travel is becoming a hair raising experience indeed. Aircraft breaking up, engines falling off, landing gear failing and overshooting the runway - it is really worrying and on top of it we have the Swine Flu. Let's hope that the various people do their job and not have anymore careless oversight. Take care.
25 Jul 09
Soviet era? Wow, those planes are ancient. I'm surprised they even got off the ground at all. Is that company the only Iranian company making commercial passenger flights? If they're the only option for air travel, then you can't really blame the passengers for not choosing a better service.
26 Jul 09
inedible, There are other state own airlines but like this Iranian Airlines, they are all cash tight. Fortunately, some of them do not use these Soviet-era "antiques" but unfortunately, due to the U.S. sanctions there, their aircrafts' spare parts are not available for maintenance and repairs. Simply pathetic and sad, for at the end of the day it is neither here nor there. So, air travel should be "banned" by the international bodies and avoided by the travelers individually.