Friday, September 01, 2006

Iran plane fire - BBC assigns blame

BBC News:
A passenger plane has skidded off a runway and burst into flames in Iran's north-eastern city of Mashhad, killing 29 of those aboard...

The BBC's Tehran correspondent, Frances Harrison, says Mashhad, which lies 1,000 km (620 miles) north-east of the capital, is a major pilgrimage destination for devout Shias as it houses the shrine of Imam Reza.

Iran has a terrible record of airline safety, our correspondent says.

One reason for this is US sanctions, which prevent the Iranian government from buying spare parts for its ageing fleet or purchasing new aircraft from major aviation companies in the West, she adds.
Sorry Frances, but it's hardly America's fault if a country with the capability to become a nuclear power can't sort out its own plane parts. And if an Iranian plane is unsafe blame the Civil Aviation Organisation of Iran.

Update 7.50pm
. As noted in the comments - it was a Russian-built plane anyway.

The BBC. Knee-jerk anti-Americanism. "This is what we do."


Anonymous Clematis Fraudster said...

Oil-rich Iran can buy spare parts from China and Russia, surely? These two countries buy shitloads of oil from oil-rich Iran already, so it is not as if oil-rich Ahmadinejad and his oil-rich cronies are short of wealthy trading-partners, is it?

7:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Incredible! The USA is going to be blamed for everything from dinosaur extinction to armageddon.
If they have the money for nuclear weapons and money to fund Hezbollah, they should be able to maintain their planes.

7:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure! Blame the US, even though this was a Russian plane that Iran has no trouble getting parts for.

7:19 pm  
Anonymous Clematis Fraudster said...

I wrote the message above before I knew what sort of plane it was. It turns out I am a visionary.

Of course, it was a Russian Tupolev. Oil-rich Iran should have few problems obtaining Russian parts for a Russian plane from its trading-partners, Russia.

Nice one, Frances!

7:27 pm  
Anonymous Verity said...

That is hysterical! I'm sorry for the people who died in terror, of course, but the BBC correspondent blamed the United States for a malfunctioning Russian plane? The BBC is an insanity collective.

Clematis - I think Russia has plenty of its own oil, plus is developing Azerbaijan. Not sure it needs to buy from Iran.

Not that that would make any difference in Iran's ability to buy spare parts for a Russian plane from the Russians.

7:58 pm  
Anonymous Yojimbo said...

>it's hardly America's fault if a
>country with the capability to
>become a nuclear power can't sort
>out its own plane parts

Well said, and thank you.

8:01 pm  
Anonymous Clematis Fraudster said...

Verity: initially, I didn't notice that the BBC report actually states that this was a Russian plane - a Russian plane with a good safety report. Mea culpa.

Still, it was good of Frances to throw in a reference to US sanctions - she is just providing 'context'.

But imagine if the BBC used this practice in other news reports? You know, just lob in a few sentences that have tenuous links to the main story?

For example:

'Father held over family murders'

'A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murders of his wife and their three children.

'The bodies of Uzma Rahan and her two sons and a daughter were found at their home on Turves Road in Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester, on 20 August.

'"Honour" killings are common in Islamic communities and they are carried out when women are seen to have brought shame to a family.

'Mrs Rahan was from Pakistan but her husband is British-born.

'British-born Muslims carried out a series of bomb attacks in London 7 July 2005.'

Easy, isn't it? You can, just by the insertion of a few words, convey a message or two which can reshape a story completely and create an impression in your readers' minds.

Of course, it must be stressed that Rahan Arshad (a) has not been convicted of any crime and (b) had no involvement with the 7/7 bomb attacks.

8:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's even worse than your report or the BBC web site suggests. I heard this woman reporting live from Iran on today's BBC News. When asked to speculate on the possible cause she said; "Well you cannot blame the Iranians, they have been suffering under American sanctions for years".

It seems she already knew the cause of the crash, and it was obvious (to her at least) that it was not human error, or weather, or a bird strike. No, it was all down to those dastardly Yanks who denied the Iranians spare parts for their Russian aircraft and then forced people to fly on an unsafe plane.

I see the BBC still haven't learned their lesson over this -- a few months ago they were blaming another Iranian air crash on American sanctions -- and that was a Russian aircraft too!

They really are just knee-jerk idiots.


8:34 pm  
Anonymous Verity said...

anonymous (Bart) - that was funny! "Well you cannot blame the Iranians, they have been suffering under American sanctions for years". That must be why they didn't buy any spare parts for their Russian plane from Russia! American sanctions! Oh, wait a minute ...

And American sanctions were clearly to blame for the incompetent Iranian aviation authorities who let the plane take off in the first place.

It's great that the Beeb reporter had already intuited the cause of the crash and I hope she shares this information with the Iranians.

10:19 pm  
Anonymous Verity said...

Also, looking at the photo accompanying this story, don't those women mind looking like lumps? Don't they care? Their men have done this to them. It is not natural. Women want hair-dos and make-up.

10:40 pm  
Anonymous La Boheme said...

Most women do, Verity.

I know some women (in England) that don't bother with 'hair-dos and make-up' but at least it's their choice.

1:56 am  
Blogger permanentexpat said...

Women who look like lumps do it by choice.......the result: Lumps. Yuck!

4:15 am  
Blogger Rastaman said...

Here's some knee-jerk anti-Iranism for you: Oh, how SAD! 29 Iranians were killed? Oh my gosh that's just awful... that there weren't more.

Hey, they celebrate when we have a bad day, don't they?


4:53 am  
Anonymous Umbongo said...

"pounce" on the Biased BBC website
at 8:05 pm on 1/9/06 gives chapter and verse on the 3 crashes and totally discredits the BBC reporter. "pounce" summarises the findings as follows: "1 plane crashed because of bad weather, another because a plane crashed into it and the last because it crashed into a mountain during bad weather. Yet the BBC correspondent blames it on American Sanctions"

11:02 am  
Anonymous Clematis Fraudster said...

But, in the same way that we were told that 'we' were to blame after 52 people were blown up in London on 7/7, it is a bit of a cheap shot to blame this air-crash on the Great Satan.

FFS, even Ahmadinejad hasn't blamed the Americans (or Jews) for this one.

11:12 am  
Blogger Hettie said...

CNN also mentions (besides blaming US sanctions) that the Russian planes are less safe in general. Sounds so Cold War.

Why would they say that? I flew with tupolyevs many times as our airline used to have only those but were forced to stop using them because passengers chose airlines which fly Western planes.

1:05 pm  

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