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Things that make you go hmmm

Coinkydink?  Or something more... sinister?

The five nuclear experts killed in a plane crash in northern Russia earlier this week had assisted in the design of an Iranian atomic facility, security sources in Russia said on Thursday.

The five Russian experts were among the 44 passengers killed when the Tupolev-134 plane broke up and caught fire on landing outside the northern city of Petrozavodsk on Monday.

The experts - who included lead designers Sergei Rizhov, Gennadi Benyok, Nicolai Tronov and Russia's top nuclear technological experts, Andrei Tropinov - worked at Bushehr after the contract for the plant's construction passed from the German Siemens company to Russian hands.

The five were employed at the Hydropress factory, a member of Russia's state nuclear corporation, and one of the main companies to contract for the Bushehr construction.

The sources said that the death of the scientists is a great blow to the Russian nuclear industry.

The experts were tasked with completing construction of the plant and ensuring that it would be able to survive an earthquake.

According to the sources, although Iranian nuclear scientists have in the past been involved in unexplained accidents and plane crashes, there is no official suspicion of foul play.

No official suspicion.  But apparently one helluva lot of unofficial suspicion.

Most interesting.


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Well, with the crappy safet... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Well, with the crappy safety record of Russian commercial aviation it's hard to say that this was from foul play. You can be sure it wasn't us with obama kissing Medvedev's boots at every opportunity. I would hope that if it was Mossad that they would have done it a long time ago.

Be more inclined t... (Below threshold)

Be more inclined to attribute this to the sorry state of aircraft maintenance as practiced by the Russians. Talking to some friends in aviation, they said to a person that NO WAY would they ever fly on ANY Russian airline.

Anecdotal, but there were some scary tales of planes being cannibalized to repair flyable units, drunk pilots and maintenance personnel, plus general disregard about maintenance procedures in many cases.

"Fly Russian Air, if you dare".

nuclear scientists helping ... (Below threshold)

nuclear scientists helping Iran build nuclear weapons in order to kill all the Jews just tend to be "unlucky".

i.e., nothing to see here...move along :)

Dead men tell no tales...</... (Below threshold)

Dead men tell no tales...

When I see "Tupolev-134" an... (Below threshold)

When I see "Tupolev-134" and "crash" in the same sentence, I don't think "conspiracy."

That model is older than a Boeing 727.

Good grouping.... (Below threshold)

Good grouping.

Well, I completely agree wi... (Below threshold)

Well, I completely agree with Chico.

Tupolev aircraft (An oxymoron if ever there was one) are not exactly well known for their low frequency of fatal crashes, in fog or clear weather.

I would chalk this up to unfortunate coincidence.

In March 2007 the ... (Below threshold)
jim m:
In March 2007 the Russian Minister of transportation Igor Levitin claimed that Tu-134s (as well as Tu-154s) are old and obsolete and should be replaced...within five years

I guess they should have done it in 4 years.

The TU-134 is a crappy Sovi... (Below threshold)

The TU-134 is a crappy Soviet copy of the less crappy French Caravelle. These planes date from the 1960's, and giving it's origin, airline operating it, and the country it was being operated in, I'm far more inclined to say it was an accident caused by bad maintenance, poor piloting or both, rather than something more sinister.

Concur.The initial... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:


The initial reports indicated the aircraft stalled while trying to land; the sharp angle of the wings makes the -134 notoriously dangerous in wind gusts. The plane simply nosed in while landing, and the crash happened before the pilot had the chance to utter the Russian variant of 'ah sh-".

Also, the crash did not happen in a time frame congruent to the team's presence in Iran. It was a northbound flight from Moscow, not coming back from or headed to Iran.

Finally, if someone was going to destroy the plane, it would be easier and leave no evidence to just arrange for a mid-air release of the cargo bay, rather than try for a mechanical malfunction on landing.

Back in the day I flew on a... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Back in the day I flew on an internal flight in the USSR that made Aeroflot (the international airline) look like Singapore Airways.

The pilot (obviously a Red Air Force alumnus) brought the plane in for a landing like a Stuka minus the siren. Several honeydew melons someone had brought aboard broke loose and careened up the aisle as passengers stuck their feet out to block them. (Good thing they couldn't figure out how to put chickens on top of the plane.)

True story.

"Finally, if someone was go... (Below threshold)

"Finally, if someone was going to destroy the plane, it would be easier and leave no evidence to just arrange for a mid-air release of the cargo bay, rather than try for a mechanical malfunction on landing."

Ron Brown just rolled over in his icy tomb..

Security isn't all that hot... (Below threshold)

Security isn't all that hot either. It cost me 3K Soom ($3.00) to smuggle my weapon on board when security descovered it.
I've often wondered how much for a case of C-4...

We have a rare consensus he... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

We have a rare consensus here, it seems, including even Chico. It's Occam's Razor, a principle which most conspiracy theorists would do well to learn. It could save them multiple heart attacks and gallons of spittle.






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