The C130

Gareth Smyth of Financial Times writes about the C130 crash in Tehran's airport district.

Every one visiting Tehran, if they land at the Mehr-Abad airport, which is commonly the case, will pass through the close vicinity of this district.

I have an aunt who lives nearby and who has just retired from teaching high-school physics. Fortunately, she is in a totally different building complex but I'm sure her building may have been caught in the fumes. I also saw some of the reports on the IRI News Network, which I can pick up by satellite here in San Jose. The "rescue" and body recovery attempts seem to have progressed quite quickly. Several of the News Network's journalists, mostly young professionals in their mid-20s and 30s, were on the plane.

I talked to my aunt the night before last when I placed my first Skype call from my iMac to my daughter's great grandmother. (My youngest daughter was doing a family tree for her class, and we needed to go back a couple of generations.) The rapid connection, sound and reception of Skype on iMac were superb given what the service costs—and it was a great pleasure for us to hear my grandmother speak.

Within the context of the economic boycotts and other causes, the history of Iranian air accidents (including this one) strikes quite a many sad notes.

Comments:

Hi Masood - I hope the rest of your family are all safe and well.
I flew on an Iran Air flight once, from Ashkhabad to Tashkent (!) - it was a very old Tupolev, with what looked like scorch-marks around the rear of the engines (!!). The pilot was obviously Russian (!!!).
That said, I have never had a smoother flight or landing. He really knew how to coax the best out of that machine.
Another time, I'll tell you my 'Ashkhabad airport' story... ;\^)

Posted by Robin Wilton on December 07, 2005 at 07:53 AM PST #

Thank you.

To be frank, I've not checked with my aunt yet, but I'm hoping and almost certain she's doing well.

Yes, I'd like to hear about Ashkhabad airpot — I think my wife took one of the Tupolevs from Bam to Tehran after her visit to an orphanage in Bam. She gets seasick (airsick, in this case) quite easily.

Posted by M. Mortazavi on December 07, 2005 at 08:04 AM PST #

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