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Black boxes recovered from crashed Iranian plane

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Black boxes recovered from crashed Iranian plane

JANNAT ABAD, Iran – Two badly damaged black box recorders have been recovered from a Tupolev aircraft that crashed in Iran on Wednesday, killing all 168 people on board, official media reported on Thursday.

The cause of the worst air disaster in the Islamic Republic for six years was still unknown, state television said.

Deputy Transport Minister Ahmad Majidi said it was “likely due to technical problems” as the pilot was experienced, the semi-official Mehr News Agency reported.

The Russian-built Caspian Airlines aircraft was on its way to neighbouring Armenia’s capital Yerevan when it came down after catching fire in mid-air and ploughing into farmland 16 minutes after departing Tehran.

Arlen Davudyan, who represents Caspian Airlines in Yerevan, said the plane had a full technical check in Russia about a month ago and permission for flying was extended until 2010.

The aircraft exploded on impact and left scattered bits of incinerated metal and fragments of the bodies of 153 passengers and 15 crew across a wide area around a deep smoking crater.

Relatives and friends gathered at the site and threw flowers in the crater where the victims perished.

Sebouh Sarkissian, the Armenian Christian archbishop in Tehran, was also there. Iran is home to some 100,000 ethnic Armenians, many of whom frequently use the flights between Tehran and Yerevan.

“Because of the severity of the crash, the two black box recorders found are badly damaged, even though they are made of steel,” Majidi told Mehr.

“The tapes were out on the ground. We might send the black box to the country where it was manufactured (Russia) to chase the issue with their help,” he said.

Majidi said DNA testing would be needed to identify the remains. Most of those onboard were Iranians, but there were also Armenian and Georgian citizens. Eight members of Iran’s national junior judo team and two coaches were among the dead.

US CONDOLENCES

“I lost three family members in the tragedy. We have been hurt beyond description,” said an elderly Armenian man as he and other relatives of those killed arrived in Tehran from Yerevan.

Many wearing black, they wept as they embraced other family members and friends waiting at Tehran’s international airport.

“I lost my fiance in the tragedy and my entire life is now changed,” said Shirin Abdi, 23, with tears running down her face. “Something which did not have to happen has taken place and it is beyond anyone’s control.”

The United States, the Islamic Republic’s arch foe, extended condolences on Wednesday to families of the victims.

Washington has no diplomatic ties with Tehran but has been trying to engage the country as part of an effort to coax it into negotiations over its disputed nuclear programme.

U.S. sanctions bar the sale of Boeing aircraft to Iran and hinder it buying other aircraft or spares from the West, many of which rely on U.S.-built engines and parts.

In Moscow, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said a special commission headed by representatives of the Interstate Aviation Committee, was flying to Iran to assist the investigation.

An Iranian insurance company said it would pay 42,000 euros ($58,800) for each victim, state radio reported.

Air safety experts have said Iran has a poor record, with a string of crashes in the past few decades — many involving Russian-made aircraft.

It was the deadliest crash in Iran since 2003 when an Ilyushin Il-76, also Russian built, crashed into a mountain.

Tehran-based Caspian Airlines was set up in 1993 and flies an all-Tupolev fleet linking Iranian cities and also routes to the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine and Armenia.

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Iran nuclear crisis: Sanctions ‘beginning to bite’

Iran nuclear crisis: Sanctions ‘beginning to bite’

The US has said threats by Iran to restrict Gulf shipping in the event of further sanctions shows international pressure is having an effect.

The State Department said sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear programme were starting to bite and that Iran was trying to create a distraction.

Iran has conducted 10 days of exercises near the strategically vital Strait of Hormuz, test-firing several missiles.

Its currency is at a record low, but it has denied sanctions are to blame.

The UN Security Council has already passed four rounds of sanctions against Iran for refusing to halt uranium enrichment.

Highly enriched uranium can be processed into nuclear weapons, but Iran denies Western charges that it is trying to develop them.

Tehran says its programme is peaceful – it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity to meet growing domestic demand.The US has also sanctioned dozens of Iranian government agencies, officials and businesses over the nuclear programme.

The government in Tehran has dismissed the latest measures announced in the wake of a critical IAEA report in November.

US President Barack Obama signed into law the US bill targeting Iran’s central bank on Saturday. It enters into force in six months’ time.

Since then, however, the Iranian national currency, the rial, has lost about 12% of its value – trading at about 17,200-18,000 rials to $1.

Earlier on Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe called for “stricter sanctions” and urged EU countries to follow the US in freezing Iranian central bank assets and imposing an embargo on oil exports.
‘Mock’ exercises

Speaking to journalists, the State Department’s Victoria Nuland said Tehran was feeling increasingly isolated because of the sanctions.

“Frankly we see these threats from Tehran as just increasing evidence that the international pressure is beginning to bite there and that they are feeling increasingly isolated and they are trying to divert the attention of their own public from the difficulties inside Iran, including the economic difficulties as a result of the sanctions,” she said.

Meanwhile Pentagon spokesman George Little responded to Iranian warnings to keep an aircraft carrier out of the Gulf, saying the Navy was operating within international law and had no plans to pull warships out of the region.Iran has been holding a series of naval exercises in the Gulf, and on Monday

said it had successfully test-fired a surface-to-sea Qader cruise missile, a shorter range Nasr and later, a surface-to-surface Nour missile.

A medium-range surface-to-air missile was successfully launched on Sunday, Iranian media reported.

Iran has conducted 10 days of exercises near the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20% of the world’s traded oil passes.

Tehran said on Monday that “mock” exercises on shutting the strait had been carried out, although there was no intention of closing it.

The BBC’s Iran correspondent James Reynolds says Iran is using the exercises to try to show that it owns the Gulf and has the military capability to defend against any threat to its dominance.

But, says our correspondent, few believe Iran would carry out its threat to shut the Strait of Hormuz as to do so would be considered too economically, politically and possibly militarily damaging for Tehran.

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