|Veteran pilot faults U.S. sanctions for plane crash in Iran||
TEHRAN – Iranian veteran pilot Hooshang Shahbazi has said that the U.S. and other western countries that imposed sanctions on Iran bear the responsibility for the Sunday plane crash.
The Iran-140 Sepahan Air passenger plane, bound for the city of Tabas in northeastern Iran with 48 passengers and crew on board, crashed on a road near Mehrabad Airport shortly after takeoff, killing 40.
Due to the sanctions imposed on the country’s aviation sector, Iran was not allowed to purchase aircrafts younger than 15 years and had to manufacture airplanes itself, Shahbazi told the IRNA news agency on Monday.
Also on the same day, the U.S. State Department spokeswoman extended condolences to the family of Iranian people who lost their lives in the crash.
“On behalf of the U.S. government, we wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives on a Sepahan air flight, which crashed shortly after takeoff outside of Tehran, Iran yesterday,” said Marie Harf during a daily press briefing in Washington.
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