The Crisis in Iran’s Skies: How Sanctions Have Made Air Travel Dangerous

Iran’s aviation industry has faced many problems over the years, and one major reason is international sanctions. These sanctions, which have been in place since the 1979 revolution, make it very hard for Iran to get the equipment and parts needed to keep their planes safe and up-to-date.

A Troubling Safety Record

The safety record of Iran’s airlines is very poor. Since 1979, nearly 2,000 people have died in plane crashes in Iran. In the last 44 years, there have been 1,755 deaths from accidents involving Iranian airlines. These numbers show that flying in Iran is not very safe.

How Sanctions Hurt Aviation

Sanctions from Western countries were meant to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons and to limit its military power. But these sanctions also stop Iran from buying new planes and the spare parts needed to fix old ones. This means Iran has to use old planes and fix them in unsafe ways.

Current Incident: Helicopter Crash Involving President Raisi

The recent helicopter crash involving President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian highlights these ongoing issues. On May 19, 2024, their helicopter crashed in heavy fog while navigating mountainous terrain. The incident occurred as they were returning from a ceremony near the Azerbaijan border. Rescue efforts have been difficult due to bad weather and rough terrain.

Why Maintenance Matters

In aviation, keeping planes well-maintained and upgraded is very important for safety. Because of the sanctions, Iran can’t get the parts and technology it needs. This forces them to use quick fixes and old equipment, which increases the chance of accidents.

A History of Problems

Over the years, Iran has had many serious aviation accidents. From plane crashes to emergency landings, these incidents highlight the dangers of flying in Iran. The ongoing sanctions against Iran have made it very hard to keep their planes safe. As a result, air travel in Iran is much more dangerous compared to other countries. The recent helicopter crash involving President Raisi shows just how critical this issue is. To improve safety, it’s important to find ways to help Iran get the parts and equipment it needs to properly maintain its aircraft.




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