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|16th July 2009, 14:29||#16|
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Nor does there is any UN sanctions on Iran.
Iran may have bought these Russian planes long back.
|16th July 2009, 14:54||#17|
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OT: Watch Air Crach Inventigations on Nat Geo every Monday at 10. Lovely series. Most of the time it is combination of small issues that happens in a sequence that leads to a crash.
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|16th July 2009, 23:26||#18|
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The Iranians keep the aircraft flying by cannibalizing spare parts or smuggling spare parts in small quantities.
They are also unable to buy new western aircraft, say from Airbus or Boeing, as both use a large number of US parts. So, they are forced to buy Russian aircraft. Iranian airlines, including Caspian Airlines, to whom the crashed aircraft belongs have ordered new Tupolev aircraft.
The aircraft that crashed was built in 1987 and found its way to Caspian Airlines some 10-11 years back.
OT, due to the presence of all these vintage aircraft, Iran is heaven for most of the aviation freaks. Iran also has the only passenger 707 in operation (Saha Air).
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