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Special judge assigned to investigate Iran's C130 plane crash


Tehran, Dec 7, IRNA-Tehran's prosecutor has ordered probe into reasons for the December 6, C130 plane crash near Mehrabad International Airport, which resulted in death and injury of 116 people, mostly journalists.

Public Relations Department at the Judiciary said a special judge has also been assigned to investigate the incident.

An Iranian military transport plane crashed into a 10-story apartment building as it was trying to make an emergency landing on Tuesday, killing at least 116.

All 94 people aboard were killed, most of them Iranian journalists who were heading for Chabahar port city, southeast Iran, to cover a military wargame. 25 residents of the apartment building also died and 90 others injured.

Based on another report, head of the Defense Committee of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Reza Talaie-Nik told IRNA that his committee has put probe into the plane crash on its agenda.

Burial of
Hassan Gharib and Esmaeil Omrani, ISNA journalists (story)

Talaie-Nik said the Committee will consider in its investigations all the probable factors resulting in the tragic event, including human error or technical fault before the take-off or other issues relevant to control tower management.

He said a meeting will be held at the Committee on Sunday, where officials from the ministries of defense and roads and transportation as well as army will participate. The Majlis Defense Committee will inform the public of the result, he added.

IRIB reporters who died in the crash

Meanwhile, managing director of the Persian daily Kayhan, Hossein Shariatmadari, in an interview with IRNA on Wednesday called for investigation into the incident to see whether there had been any shortcoming prior to the flight.

Shariatmadari said the journalists and reporters heading for Chabahar to cover the military exercise had in their contacts before the flight referred to several hours of delay in their trip due to the technical problem of the plane.

"It should be made clear whether the technical fault had been removed or not," said Shariatmadari.

At the first glance, he said, no one can really be blamed, especially considering the fact that the pilot and the flight crew have also been martyred.

The attempts to find the main reason behind the accident cannot make up the losses and return the dead back to life but one can at least prevent repetition of similar incidents and further disasters, said Shariatmadari.

The Kayhan editor called on officials concerned to follow up the issue closely and investigate the causes, if any, to remove them.

Since the plane had been a military one belonging to the Islamic Republic Army, the investigations are needed to be made by the same organ, he concluded.

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