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During a military parade in Iran’s capital Teheran, on Tuesday 09/22/2009, two military aircrafts, an Iranian renovated F5, manufactured in USA in the early 70s’, and a flown aerial early warning system -AWACS, one of two serving in the Iranian Air Force, collided and crashed. All 7 crew members in the two aircrafts perished. The accident was a confusing demonstration of the Iranian Air Force capabilities.

The Iranian AWACS is originally an Iraqi airplane that fled from Iraq to Iran in 1991 during operation Desert Storm, was renovated in Iran, equipped with Iranian made systems and got the Iranian name ‘Simorgh’.

That accident, the last in a long series of mysterious aerial accidents in Iran, is a major blow to Iran and cripples substantially the aerial defense system of Iran when and if Iran will be subject to a major air assault on its nuclear facilities. Iran is no more capable, in time of alert, to have a 24 hours a day Aerial early warning system since the only AWACS remains in its service need maintenance, refueling and replacement of its crew which, inevitably, can create yet another opportunity to catch Iran in surprise.

That incident has such significance to the Iranian Aerial defense that it might influence the negotiation between Iran and the members of the UN Security Council and Germany, scheduled to take place in Turkey, on 10/01/2009.

On 07/15/2009, two months ago, an Iranian Tupolev Tu-154M, operating as Caspian Airlines flight RV7908 to Yerevan, Armenia crashed after takeoff in Teheran. There were no survivors among the 168 people on board. Azerbaijani Intelligence reports later claimed the plane was carrying unreported weapons and explosives to Armenia designated to an unknown location and the airliner was being spied by Israeli and USA planes.

9 days later, on 07/24/2009, 17 people were killed when a passenger aircraft caught fire while landing at an airport in Mashhad, North-East Iran.

On 01/09/2006 a small military Fallcon jet crashed in northwestern Iran, in Oroumieh, located 800 km North West of the capital, Tehran, killing 12 people: the commander of the ground forces of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Ahmad Kazemi and at least 8 other top officers of the force.

Two weeks earlier, on 12/06/2005, 115 Revolutionary Guards were killed when a military transport plane crashed into a 10-story apartment building near Tehran’s Mehrabad airport as the pilot was returning to the airport to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff.

It is just a short list of over 200 air crashes which occurred in Iran since 1990. Iran has had the worst aviation safety record far beyond any other nations. Among these 200 incidents, 70 or so alone have led to over 2,000 deaths.

It can be assumed that at list some of those accidents were not incidental, random events and Iran has a very serious problem in either using or protecting its aerial space.

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