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2/19/03

Over 270 people killed in Iranian military plane crash

Zahedan, Sistan and Baluchestan, Feb 20, IRNA -- At least 270 people were killed Wednesday evening after an Iranian military plane, on a domestic flight, crashed near the central city of Kerman, an official said in this southeastern city.

Unconfirmed reports, however, put the death toll above 300. All those aboard the Ilyushin plane were the personnel of the Islamic Revolution's Guards Corps (IRGC), the head of the IRGC in the Sistan Baluchestan province, Ali Mowlavi Haqiqi, said.

The cause of the crash is not known yet, but air traffic controllers at Kerman airport said the pilot had radioed bad weather and strong winds before losing contact.

The victims served at the Imam Ali battalion of the Sistan Baluchestan province.

The Iranian cabinet, in a statement, offered condolences to the nation and bereaved families over the "tragic event in which a group of IRGC brothers" were killed.

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