Elite troops, air force chief killed in separate plane crashes

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  • Friday, 21 Feb 2003

TEHERAN/ISLAMABAD: Two air crashes claimed the lives of a total of 319 people.  

In Iran , a military plane crashed in the south-eastern region on Wednesday, killing 302 soldiers and air crew, the official state news agency IRNA reported. 

Mir: Was travelling with 16 others who were also killed

IRNA said the victims included 18 crew and the rest were members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. 

A government official, who declined to be named, said the crash in the mostly desert region appeared to have been caused by bad weather. 

The crash, which also had one of the highest death tolls in world aviation history, occurred when the Russian-built aircraft operated by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, smashed into a mountainside in strong winds, officials said. 

In Pakistan, the commander of Pakistan’s air force, Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir, his wife and 15 other people were killed when the Fokker-27 turboprop in which they were travelling crashed yesterday in an accident caused by “technical reasons.”  

Air force spokesman Air Commodore Sarfraz Ahmed Khan said the debris of the plane had been found in a hilly area 27km east of the town of Kohat, in north-western Pakistan.

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