Iranian Official Rejects Explosion as Cause of Tupolev Crash
Iran’s Deputy Transportation Minister Ali Akbar Golrounia said in Tehran Tuesday that the possibility of explosion being the cause of the Tupolev 154 plane crash in Lorestan province last Tuesday is close to nil, according to the Iranian official news agency (IRNA).
Golrounia, who is an expert in aerodynamics, told IRNA that the manner of the crash indicates that the plane exploded after hitting the mountain. All indication, including the area where the pieces of fuselage were found, point to the fact that the plane was intact before hitting the mountain.
He said the fuselage pieces were scattered at the height of 8,500- 9,000 feet, adding, ``If the plane had exploded before it hit the mountain, it is expected that the fuselage pieces would have been found in lower attitudes of around 3,000-4,000 feet.''
The Russian-made Tupolev-154 with 119 passengers, including four Spanish nationals, crashed into the rugged snowy mountains of 'Sepidkouh' early Tuesday morning killing all aboard. (Albawaba.com)
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