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Reporters die in plane crash

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Tehran

More than 100 people, many of them Iranian journalists, were killed this week when a military transport plane that was carrying them crashed into a building in Tehran. The reporters were on their way to observe a naval exercise in the Persian Gulf. The plane had just taken off when the pilot reported technical trouble and tried to double back to the airport. Witnesses said the aircraft, a U.S.-built C-130, was on fire before it hit the building. Iran’s C-130s have chronic maintenance problems. They were bought before the 1979 Islamic revolution, and subsequent U.S. sanctions made it hard to get parts.

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