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2003 Iran Ilyushin Il-76 crash
| An Ilyushin Il-76 similar to the one involved in the accident |
|19 February 2003 (2003-02-19) |
|CFIT due to pilot error during descent in poor weather |
|35 km (22 mi) SE of Kerman |
|Ilyushin Il-76MD |
|Aerospace Force of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution |
|Zahedan Airport |
|Kerman Airport |
The 2003 Iran Ilyushin Il-76 crash occurred on 19 February 2003, when an Ilyushin Il-76 crashed in mountainous terrain near Kerman in Iran. The Aerospace Force of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution aircraft, registration 15-2280, was flying from Zahedan to Kerman when it crashed 35 kilometres (22 mi) southeast of Kerman. The aircraft was carrying members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, a special force that is independent from the Iranian Army, on an unknown mission.
Strong winds were reported in the region of the crash when the aircraft disappeared from the radar screens; approximately at the same time, villagers in the area described hearing a loud explosion. There were no survivors among the 275 occupants on board the aircraft. As of February 2014 the crash, the third of an Il-76 in Iran, remains the deadliest on Iranian soil; the worst crash of an Il-76; and the eighth-deadliest aviation accident of all time.
- 1 Cause
- 2 See also
- 3 Notes and references
The official report says bad weather brought the aircraft down; high winds and fog were present at the time of the crash. There was also speculation that the accident was the result of a mid-air collision due to the high number of fatalities (the Il-76 normally carries fewer than 200 passengers). A terrorist organization called the Abu-Bakr Brigades also claimed responsibility for the crash.
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