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Date:Tuesday 29 September 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-130H Hercules
Operator:Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force - IRIAF
Registration: 5-8552
MSN: 4594
First flight: 1975
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 80 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kahrisak (   Iran)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Ahwaz Airport (AWZ/OIAW), Iran
Destination airport:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Iran
Crashed, killing the defense minister and other military officials.


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Ahwaz Airport to Tehran-Mehrabad Airport as the crow flies is 535 km (334 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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Lockheed C-130

  • 2041 built
  • 178th loss
  • 107th fatal accident
  • 3rd worst accident (at the time)
  • 11th worst accident (currently)
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  • 2nd worst accident (at the time)
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