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The Azari C-130 Crash

Example of Debris from the Collision of a Large Aircraft with a Building

On December 5, 2005, a C-130 military transport plane crashed into a 10-story apartment building in Azari, Iran, a suburb of Tehran. All 10 crew members and 84 passengers on board were killed, as were 21 people in the building. Most of the passengers were Iranian radio and television journalists. 1  

The photographs on this page show the crash site. It is noteworthy that none of the photographs show large pieces of aircraft.

The idea that the Pentagon was not struck by a jetliner on 9/11/01 is often asserted on the basis that there was insufficient aircraft debris in front of the Pentagon following the attack. The Azari crash is one of several examples that show crashes of large aircraft into buildings do not necessarily leave large recognizable pieces of aircraft. A C-130 is a four-engine turboprop aircraft similar in weight to a Boeing 757. The fact that the C-130's pilot was attempting to land contrasts with the fact that the Pentagon attack plane approached at about double landing speed, and makes the paucity of rubble in the Azari crash more surprising than in the Pentagon crash.

Crashes of large aricraft into buildings are rare, but there are numerous cases of large aircraft such as jetliners crashing into terrain and leaving little if any recognizable debris. This collection of photographs of jetliner crashes shows the degree to which aircraft are destroyed by common types of crashes.

These photos show the scene of the crash of the C-130.

References

1. Fiery Plane Crash in Iran Kills 115 People, CBSNews.com, 12/6/05

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