Another passenger plane crashed into a mountain as it came in to land in the vicinity of khorramabad yesterday, killing all 105 passengers and 13 crew members aboard.
The President appointed a committee to investi the causes of the crash but, unfortunately, the tragedy and the ensuing inquiry is a repetition of past event.
We have witnessed similar failures in the aviation system, in which ten major airline crashes have ckaimed 1099 victims. The YAK-40 plane crash killed the Minister of Roads and Transportation and his accompanying delegating on May 1, 2001, as they were flying to Golestan province. The cause of the accident was never uncovered.
Similar air crashes have been frequently recorder since our passenger fleet is over twenty years old Developing nations replace their passenger fleet every ten years while affluent and industrial countries renew their fleet every five years.
Worse still, much of our passenger air fleet has been commissioned fromer socialist states who are themselves seeking Western technology and modern planes. Officials cite lack of hard currency and international sanctions for our ailing and antiquated passenger fleet, yet the public is at risk and losing confidence in our national airlines.
the airline aviation authorities and national carriers frequently blame natural phenomena for the air accidents, but there is alse a lack of transparency and accountability in the airline industry. The numerous committees that have been appointed have not come up with solutions and the high fatality rate on passenger flights continues.
Unless we are able to establish scientific and sound passenger travel service, airline accidents will jeopardize the future of air passenger service in Iran.