December 8, 2005

FIRST CLASS, COACH, OR MARTYR TO INCOMPETENCE CLASS?

As Iranians mourn crash victims, questions over decision to fly: The crash of a military plane Tuesday killed 106 people, including 68 journalists. (Scott Peterson, 12/09/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

[E]ven as the dead were officially declared "martyrs" after the crash Tuesday - in which an aging Iranian Air Force plane crashed into an apartment block immediately after takeoff - the media have raised questions about whether the plane should ever have taken off.

The plane, which was carrying journalists to cover military maneuvers in the southern port city of Chabahar, was delayed more than six hours. Hamshahri newspaper reported Wednesday that one of its photographers had called his wife during the delay, and told her there were technical problems, so the pilot had refused to fly.

Officials deny that, but the circumstances of takeoff remain unclear, and have sparked a surge of speculation about carelessness by authorities.


Folks'll gladly die for lots of wacky stuff, but the call to die for the cause of grotesque government incompetence tends to be a tough sell.

MORE:
Jet Slides Off Chicago Runway; Boy Dies (CARLA K. JOHNSON, December 9, 2005, The Associated Press)

A jetliner trying to land in heavy snow slid off a runway, crashed through a fence and slid into a busy street, hitting one vehicle and pinning another beneath it. A 6-year-old boy was killed.

At least 10 people were injured, authorities said. Eight people of the injured were on the ground. Two passengers on the plane suffered minor injuries, Aviation Department spokeswoman Wendy Abrams said. [...]


The airport area had 7 inches of snow, but Abrams said runway conditions at the time were acceptable.


Here's a question for someone smarter than I to answer: isn't Islam's problem that those who died in the plane crash in Iran are assumed to be martyrs as opposed to the American assumption of res ipsa loquitor?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 8, 2005 9:39 PM
Comments

Insha'Allah, this is the traditional explanation.

Posted by: David Cohen at December 9, 2005 8:34 AM

I was flying out of Midway airport about 18 years ago. It was winter, and my flight was delayed because another plane skidded off the runway. I think they need to extend the runway.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at December 9, 2005 1:02 PM

I flew into Midway only once in my life. After looking at the runways from the air, I vowed to clean out my pants after landing and NEVER fly into Midway again.

Posted by: fred at December 9, 2005 1:40 PM
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