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Date:Tuesday 6 December 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-130E Hercules
Operator:Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force - IRIAF
Registration: 5-8519
MSN: 4399
First flight: 1970
Engines: 4 Allison T56-A-7
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 84 / Occupants: 84
Total:Fatalities: 94 / Occupants: 94
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 12
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tehran (   Iran)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Iran
Destination airport:Bandar Abbas Airport (BND/OIKB), Iran
The Hercules transport plane departed Mehrabad Airport for Bandar Abbas. The airplane carried a.o. local journalists who were going to cover military exercises there. The pilot had reported no. 4 engine trouble some 8 minutes after takeoff and requested an emergency landing back at Mehrabad. During the ILS approach to runway 29L, the C-130 crashed into a 10-story building in the Azari residential district. Visibility was reported around 1500 m.

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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 Tehran-Mehrabad Airport to Bandar Abbas Airport as the crow flies is 1050 km (656 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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