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Montrealers demonstrate to show support for Palestine

Watch above: Rachel Lau was at Place Émilie-Gamelin on Sunday as demonstrators gathered to stand in solidarity with Palestine.

MONTREAL – Protesters from 60 organizations across Montreal gathered at Place Émilie-Gamelin Sunday to stand in solidarity with Palestine. The demonstration started with a moment of silence, and then the chanting of “save Palestine” filled the air.

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“We believe that Israel should obey international law,” said Scott Weinstein, a representative from Independent Jewish Voices. “Primarily, they have to stop the occupation.”

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They are speaking out against what they call aggressive Israeli military action in Gaza.

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“We’re not opposed to a religion,” said Raymond Legault, a spokesperson for the Collectif Échec à la Guerre

“We’re not opposed to a people. We’re opposed to the policies of their state.”

The goal is to send a message to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“This is not about a balanced position of Canada,” said Legault. “This is not about nuances. There’s an occupier, there’s people that are occupied and this is what has to end.”

Protesters marched alongside members of the Bloc Québécois, who came out to show their support.

“We have to stop the bloodbath, “said Mario Beaulieu, leader of the Bloc Québécois. “We are asking Israel to respect international law.”

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Nevertheless, some in Montreal’s Jewish community say Israel is being unfairly treated by the international population.

“They should really be ashamed that they only seem to come together when it is to attack, to denounce the sole, legitimate democratic country in the Middle East, which is Israel,” said Luciano Del Negro, the Vice-President of The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

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Del Negro doesn’t see the demonstration in the same light.

“It is scandalous to see people demonstrating under the garb of peace,” he said. “This is not peace. The only people who will find solace in this is Hamas.”

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Yet, Weinstein points out many within the Jewish community are torn.

“It’s very much like George Orwell’s Animal Farm where the people who led the rebellion are now becoming the oppressors,” he said. “Jews are having a hard time with that.”

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He insists being Jewish doesn’t mean you automatically support everything Israel does.

“We’ve been taught that, pretty much since birth, that to be Jewish is to be pro-Israel,” he explained.

As the war between Israel and the Palestinians moves well into its second month, Montrealers insist they will continue protesting until the conflict ends in a permanent ceasefire.

25 years ago, Ebola outbreak in U.S. introduced us to unknown disease

RESTON, Va. – It had all the makings of a public-health horror story: an outbreak of a wildly deadly virus on the doorstep of the nation’s capital, with dozens of lab monkeys
dead, multiple people testing positive, and no precedent in the United States on how to contain it.

Americans’ introduction to the Ebola virus came 25 years ago in an office park near Washington Dulles International Airport, a covert crisis that captivated the public only years later when it formed the basis of a bestselling book.

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Initially thought to be the same hyper-deadly strain as the current Ebola outbreak that has killed hundreds in Africa, the previously unknown Reston variant turned out to be nonlethal to humans. But the story of what might have been illustrates how far U.S. scientists have come in their understanding of a virus whose very name strikes fear, even in a country where no one has fatally contracted it.

Gerald Jaax, one of the leaders of a team of Army scientists that responded to the 1989 outbreak in Reston, Virginia, closely watched the meticulously planned transfers this month of two American aid workers from Liberia to a specialized facility in Atlanta, the first Ebola patients ever brought to the U.S. Jaax recalled his days urgently trying to corral the country’s first known outbreak.

In the 1989 outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. the virus killed several macaque monkeys, similar to the onse seen here.

AP Photo/California National Primate Research Center, Kathy West

In the fall of 1989, dozens of macaques imported from the Philippines suddenly died at Hazelton Research Products’ primate quarantine unit in Reston, where animals were kept and later sold for lab testing. Company officials contacted the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland – Jaax’s unit – concerned they might be dealing with an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever among the monkeys.

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Initial testing revealed something much worse: Ebola, specifically the Zaire strain, which had a 90 per cent fatality rate in humans. Four workers at the quarantine facility tested positive for exposure to the virus.

Amazingly, they never even got sick.

Researchers eventually realized they were dealing with a different strain, one now known as Ebola-Reston. Though its appearance under a microscope is similar to the Zaire strain, Ebola-Reston is the only one of the five forms of Ebola not harmful to humans.

But Jaax and his unit, including his wife Nancy , also a scientist, did not know that while at the monkey house. They just knew they had to clean it out, and do it while keeping a relatively low profile that wouldn’t scare the neighbours.

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“You could walk in and smell monkey everywhere,” said Dr. C.J. Peters, who oversaw the Army’s response to the outbreak. “There was a little shopping centre nearby….There was plenty of opportunity for trouble.”

While the Army scientists had strong protocols in place for studying viruses safely in a lab, they were not well prepared to stabilize and contain an outbreak in a private facility. At the time, Jaax said, nobody – including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control – had that kind of experience. In the Reston incident, the CDC took the lead in managing the human-health aspect of the response, while the Army dealt with the monkeys.

Back in 1989, there was concern that Ebola could spread through the air, said Peters, now a professor with University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Indeed, researchers concluded there must have been some sort of aerosol spread of the virus within the monkey house, Jaax said.

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The Reston animals had to be euthanized from a safe distance – “monkeys are aerosol-producing machines,” Jaax said. In his 1995 book “The Hot Zone,” Richard Preston described how Jaax modified a mop handle so it could be used to pin a monkey in its cage where it could safely be injected and eventually euthanized. Later, to disinfect the air, the team cooked formaldehyde crystals on electric frying pans.

Ebola is no longer thought to be an airborne virus; scientists say the disease can only be spread through direct contact with bodily fluids.

The Reston crisis also elevated Ebola into the public consciousness, albeit not immediately. In an era when the country was preoccupied with the AIDS epidemic, which hit 100,000 cases in the U.S. that year, the Army and CDC scientists carried out their tasks in relative obscurity .

It was only after The Hot Zone became a bestseller and focused attention on the public-health battle to confront emerging disease outbreaks that the Reston event became well known and Ebola became a household word.

“The big difference between now and 1989 is that nobody else knew what Ebola was,” said Jaax, now an associate vice-president at Kansas State University.

One of the most important legacies of Reston, Jaax said, was that none of the dozens who worked to contain the outbreak was exposed to the virus. The plans developed on the fly to keep the responders safe worked, he said, and provided a good blueprint for the protocols used to bring back the American aid workers earlier this month.

Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore and an infectious disease physician, said the Reston responders’ incorrect belief that they were dealing with a virus that was deadly to humans provided the ideal trial run for handling such an outbreak.

“It’s like you’re performing with a net underneath you, but you don’t know it’s a drill,” Adalja said.

Director General of the World Health Organization, WHO, China\'s Margaret Chan and Assistant Director General for Health Security Keiji Fukuda of the US, right, share a word during a press conference after an emergency meeting at the headquarters of the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

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Ebola-Reston returned to the U.S. in 1996 in monkeys in Texas that had been imported from the Philippines. The Philippines has seen three outbreaks since the strain was identified, affecting primates, pigs and nine people. The workers who handled the animals developed antibodies, but did not get sick.

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Hazelton abandoned the Reston facility in 1990, and the company was later swallowed up by a competitor. The monkey house was torn down a few years later. The new building there hosts several small offices and a day-care centre.

Some of the office park workers are aware of the site’s history; many are not.

Back in 1989, Vicky Wingert worked at the local homeowners’ association, in offices across the street from the monkey house. She said nobody had any idea there was a problem until people showed up in hazmat suits. Even then, very little information trickled out, she said.

“At the time, it wasn’t a big deal. Looking back, it probably should have been,” she said.

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U.S. lab tests show deceased Saudi man did not have Ebola

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – A Saudi man who died last week after returning from Sierra Leone did not have the Ebola virus according to initial international laboratory results, said Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry.

The ministry said late Saturday that samples submitted to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came back negative for the Ebola virus, adding that samples were also sent for testing to a laboratory in Germany.

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The 40-year-old Saudi national died Wednesday in a hospital isolation ward in the Saudi coastal city of Jiddah after showing symptoms of the viral hemorrhagic fever. He was the only suspected Ebola case in the kingdom and had just returned from a trip to affected Sierra Leone.

Ebola, which has no proven vaccine or treatment, has killed more than 900 people this year in four countries in West Africa.

Saudi Arabia is not issuing visas this year to Muslim pilgrims from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea as a precaution to avoid the spread during the hajj pilgrimage, which sees massive crowds of people from around the world gather in Mecca. The decision affects a total of 7,400 pilgrims from those three countries.

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LRT service shut down Sunday for signal testing – Edmonton

EDMONTON – Edmonton’s LRT service will be shut down Sunday as crews work to test the new signalling system.

The City of Edmonton says buses will replace LRT service between Clareview and Century Park Stations all day Sunday. Bus route 505 will be running on a seven to eight-minute frequency.

The closure is due to testing of the new signalling system, which the city says will allow the Metro Line and Capital Line to safely and efficiently share the tracks.

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This isn’t the first time this year the system has been shut down for signal testing.

In March, the city said while construction on the Metro Line to NAIT was completed on schedule, it’s taking longer than anticipated for the contractor to complete the new signalling system.

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The 3.3-kilometre Metro Line was originally expected to be ready for passengers in April 2014. In December, the city announced the opening date would be pushed back to June 2014. Now, the city expects the Metro Line to open at the end of the year.

‘We still want to find her’: Family pleads for information 25 years after Kimberly McAndrew disappears – Halifax

HALIFAX – Tuesday marks a difficult anniversary for Megan Adams; August 12 will be the 25th anniversary of the disappearance of her sister, Kimberly McAndrew.

“It’s just not something that makes any more sense now than it did when it happened 25 years ago,” Adams told Global News.

The case is one that has haunted Adams’ family and the Halifax area. Kimberly, whose family called her Kim, from Parrsboro left her job at the Canadian Tire on Quinpool Road on August 12, 1989. There are reports she took a bus to Penhorn Mall. Then she was never seen again. Kim was 19 years old.

Kimberly Ann McAndrew, 19, disappeared in Halifax in 1989.

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The case remains an active missing persons file with Halifax Regional Police.

Adams said she remembers the day Kim, who is older than her by three years, went missing.

“I would have been in Parrsboro at the time. My sister Erin, who lived with Kim, called home and I was in bed. She asked for dad on the phone. I knew something was wrong immediately. That’s when she told my parents Kim hadn’t come home from work,” she said.

Adams said that behaviour was out of character for Kim, adding the sisters had made plans to see the buskers festival, meet friends and celebrate a birthday.

“They knew early on something bad had happened,” she said.

“Kim was not a girl that went off on her own at all. She didn’t even like walking downtown in Parrsboro by herself. There was no way she was just off doing something independently. Her bank accounts were never touched. It was just the matter of what happened.”

A search quickly began for Kim but it soon became a dead end, and it has been for the past 25 years.

The family has been alerted over the years whenever human remains have been found in the Halifax area, which Adams said can sometimes cause a wave of emotions.

There was a search for remains in the fall of 1995 in Fleming Park, and police also looked at wells at Point Pleasant Park in 1996.

Serial killer Michael Wayne McGray was also loose in the area around the time Kim disappeared, though he maintained he could not remember whether she was one of his victims or not.

Last March, a property in Shad Bay belonging to the brother of Andrew Paul Johnson was searched. Johnson is serving time in B.C. for sex-related crimes, and he has long been suspected in Kim’s disappearance.

“It’s difficult [but] we’re still waiting for answers. [Kim] has a mother that still aches for her every day,” Adams said, as she tried to compose herself.

She does not want people to forget about Kim, a woman she describes as vivacious.

“She was quiet if out in public but around family and friends, she was very funny, goofy and liked to make others laugh and certainly laugh a lot,” she said with a smile.

“She loved Bryan Adams and had a close group of friends that she kept throughout the years. She was just a great girl, one of the most unlikely people that you would expect this to happen to because she just was not a risk taker.”

Adams said her family has thought extensively over the years about what could have happened to Kim.

“We know that whatever happened, it wasn’t something good. She would not go anywhere with anyone that she did not know very well. We think Kim was taken against her will and other than that, that’s really where it [ends],” she said.

The mystery surrounding Kim’s case was especially trying for Kim’s dad, a former RCMP officer, who passed away 10 years ago.

“It absolutely haunted him that he was not able to find her, to save her, to protect her from whatever that was.”

“That was something that never, ever left him.”

Adams said while she and her four siblings have moved on with their lives – getting married and having children – Kim is still frozen in time.

“There’s still the 19-year-old we miss terribly and want to know what would she be like today. Would she have children? Would she get married?”

“She’s still my sister no matter what. Do I expect to open my door and have her walking through it? Probably not. But she’s still very much a part of our family and is still very much a part of all that we do. We’re a big family and every one of us carry her with us.”

Adams said the family understands the likelihood Kim is still alive is quite low but they are still grasping for closure.

“If Kim is not living anymore then we still want to find her.”

“We want to have her with us. We want to be able to bury her properly,” she said.

So on the 25th anniversary of the disappearance, the family wants anyone with information about Kim or what may have happened to her to come forward.

“[We’re] pleading with anyone that may have information. If they haven’t come forward before or if they have come forward and felt police didn’t look into it as perhaps they thought they might, to call police or call again and help us find out what happened,” Adams said.

“We deserve to know and she deserves to be found.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, submit a secure web tip at 杭州夜生活crimestoppers.ns桑拿按摩 or text a tip: Tip 202 then your message to 274637.

The case is also a part of the province’s Justice Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes program, which provides a $150,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Kim’s disappearance.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 on the Global Edmonton Morning News

Steve Makris is back with Tech Talk. This week he’s talking about the new store finder kiosk at West Edmonton Mall.

SAFE TEAM RESCUE – Safe Team Rescue has been saving, rehabilitating and re-homing abused, abandoned, feral and unwanted animals in the community for years. Nicola sits down with Kelly Kennedy to talk about the organization and its upcoming fundraisers.

AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT – It was a rough week for the governing PC Party. The auditor general released his report into the travel habits and expenses of former premier Alison Redford and her office. The AG said an aura of power led to several violations. Now the opposition is calling for a full public inquiry. Tom speaks about the report and its fallout with Robert Murray the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

RIDE FOR CELIAC – The 2014 ride-walk-run for celiac is being held Sunday afternoon. The annual race is one of the largest fundraisers for the Edmonton chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association. Don Briggs joins the Morning News to tell us a little bit more about the event and gluten free diets.

THREE BOARS – Jeff Savage and Brayden Kozak from Three Boars Eatery stop by the Morning News for Sunday’s cooking segment. They’re whipping up a few of their signature items.

WINE TIME – Edmonton wine guy Gurvinder Bhatia joins Tom and Nicola to talk about rose wines and the misperception around them.

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Engineering company that designed Mount Polley tailings pond issues a statement – BC

The engineering company that originally designed the Mount Polley tailings pond that breached almost a week ago sending millions of cubic meters of waste water into local lakes and rivers issued a statement saying it warned Mount Polley Mining Corporation and B.C. government about potential risks that can arise in the future.

The Engineer of Record for the Mount Polley Mine has issued a statement highlighting a letter written to Mount Polley Mining Corporation  in 2011 when Knight Piesold parted ways with the project.

The letter states:

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The embankments and the overall tailings impoundment are getting large and it is extremely important that they be monitored, constructed and operated properly to prevent problems in the future.

The letter also said that Knight Piesold would no longer have any responsibility for the performance of the tailings storage facility.

The company says the original engineering accommodated a significantly lower water volume than the tailings storage facility reportedly held at the time of the breach.

“Significant engineering and design changes were made subsequent to our involvement,” says the company in a statement.

In a phone interview to Global News, Vice President Corporate Affairs at Imperial Metals Steve Robertson said he does not think the report was damning.

“It’s the type of thing that they would send to both the government and the company just as part of their normal course,” says Robertson.

But concerns have also been raised by a former mine worker of seven years.

Gerald MacBurney claims he was responsible for the tailings pond and quit his job in June over stress and confrontation with management.

Read the full statement and letter.

Saskatoon’s baby boom projected to last until 2024 – Saskatoon

Watch above: the baby boom Saskatoon is experiencing is expected to last for another 10 years

SASKATOON – If you’re expecting a baby or know someone who is, you’re not alone. According to experts, Saskatoon’s baby boom continues with predictions it could last another ten years.

Among those having babies is Sarah Cochran, who told Global News she and her husband always wanted a large family and had enough time and energy to fulfill that dream.

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“We have four boys and no, we’re not planning on having any more, so we have a seven-year-old, a five-year-old, three-year-old and newborn,” said Cochran.

The fourth and final baby for the couple was born just a little over a month ago, part of a baby boom that has been re-shaping this city for a decade.

In 2003, there were 3,900 babies born in the Saskatoon Health Region including home births, last year more than 5,300. Already in 2014, Saskatoon’s birth rate is ahead of that by six per cent.

“On average, we have 15 births a day but in obstetrics nothing is average and we’ve had just a few weeks back had as many as 30 babies in a 24-hour period,” said Leanne Smith, director of maternal services for the Saskatoon Health Region.

One of the big challenges of the boom, say health officials, is making sure there are enough staff to deliver the babies.

“We have increased our staffing levels in our obstetrical, labour and delivery unit since last year so that’s helped but it’s just really orchestrating all those babies and having the physicians there in time but we always manage to do it and do it safely,” added Smith.

In 2012-13,  the province lead the country for the number of babies born along with Alberta.

Birth rates are being driven by population growth not seen in any other major Canadian city in more than 15 years. Newcomers have been arriving at a rate in the province nine times greater than before the boom and robust economy.

“I think it has a lot to do with people feeling really secure in the markets, their jobs are going well, business is booming and they want to have more children,” said Lisa Wass, owner of Birth Rhythms.

“When you’re registering for Pre-K stuff then  you really notice the population boom because there’s so many pre-kindergarteners and kindergartners,” said Cochran.

New schools are being built in the region and this year 28 new teaching positions are being filled at public elementary schools to keep up with the boom.

“The conscience parenting movement in Saskatchewan is absolutely beautiful to watch, people coming together, different types of parenting styles, different types of communities are blossoming things that I don’t think we’ve seen for maybe 30 years,” added Wass.

At least until 2024, when estimates show birth rates in the region should start slowing down.

Fishing boat catches fire in Steveston; one person hurt – BC

WATCH: Police warn boaters to be careful after two separate accidents occurred on the water this weekend.

Three people escaped relatively unharmed after a fishing vessel exploded and caught on fire in Steveston last night.

It happened around 6 o’clock, just off Shady Island in the South Arm of the Fraser River.

The three jumped into the water as soon as the boat caught on fire.

Lorne Smith was fishing for sockeye, not far from the boat when he witnessed the explosion.

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“We heard a loud pop and within seconds the people were in the water and the boat was fully engulfed in flames,” says Smith.

Two people escaped unharmed, but one person received minor burns.

Smith and his friend rescued two of the people. Another person was rescued by a different boat.

He says one of the victims told him the fire may have been caused by a battery that exploded on board.

He says the occupants were not wearing life jackets at the time.

“They are lucky there were people around,” says Smith. “This is in the middle of the Fraser River. It is pretty murky right now, and they are lucky that people around grabbed them, especially with no life jackets.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Boat rescue (Courtesy Lorne Smith)

Iranian plane crashes after takeoff, killing 39 – National

WATCH ABOVE: A passenger plane crashed on the outskirts of Iran’s capital Tehran on Sunday morning, killing 39 people and injuring nine others, state IRINN TV reported.

TEHRAN, Iran – A locally built Iranian passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Sunday, killing 39 people and reviving questions about the safety of a cash-strapped aviation sector left hobbled by international sanctions.

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President Hassan Rouhani offered his condolences to victims’ families and quickly ordered an investigation into the crash. Similar planes operated by Iranian carriers will be grounded until the probe is complete, he directed.

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The plane was based on a relatively obscure Ukrainian design that has been involved in previous Iranian air disasters.

The Sepahan Air regional airliner, bound for the eastern town of Tabas, went down in a residential area shortly after takeoff at 9:20 a.m. from Tehran’s Mehrabad airport.

State TV said the plane’s tail struck the cables of an electricity tower before it hit the ground and burst into flames. The official IRNA news agency said the plane suffered an engine failure. Whatever the ultimate cause, quick thinking by the pilot may have saved some lives.

“We should be thankful to God that the pilot did all he could to steer the plane away from residential buildings and fortunately did not crash into them. Otherwise, we would have been dealing with a much worse crisis,” said Jalal Maleki, spokesman of Tehran’s Fire Department.

Known as an IrAn-140 or Iran-140, the twin-engine turboprop is a version of the Antonov An-140 regional plane and is assembled under license in Iran. It can carry up to 52 passengers.

A member of Iranian Revolutionary Guard talks on his mobile phone as he looks at the bodies of victims of a passenger plane crash near the capital Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.

AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

A Ukranian-made An-140 crashed near the central Iranian city of Isfahan in 2002, killing 46 mostly Ukranian and Russian experts travelling to witness the maiden flight of the Iranian-built version of the plane.

A similar Iranian-made version crashed during a training flight in Isfahan in February 2009, killing five onboard, according to a report by state-run Press TV at the time.

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Iranian airlines, including those run by the state, are chronically strapped for cash, rely on aging planes and have a spotty maintenance record.

While some operate Boeing and Airbus models, spare parts for Western-made planes are often hard to come by – largely because of sanctions aimed at Iran’s nuclear program.

Those difficulties have left Iranian airlines increasingly reliant on planes developed by the Soviet Union and its successor states, though parts for aging Soviet-era planes can also be tough to get.

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At the crash site, members of the elite Revolutionary Guard worked to secure the scene from onlookers while security and rescue personnel combed the wreckage. The plane’s mangled but largely intact tail section was torn from the fuselage and came to rest on a nearby road.

State TV said the bodies of some of the victims were so badly burned that they could not be identified. They will be handed over to relatives after DNA tests are carried out to determine their identities, it said.

Eyewitness Hassan Molla said he heard a roaring sound as the plane came in low overhead, one wing tilting.

“There was no smoke or anything. It was absolutely sound and in good condition” before the crash and what appeared to be multiple explosions, he said.

An official for Sepahan Air told The Associated Press from the central city of Isfahan that the carrier is affiliated with the Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company, also known as HESA. The airline was set up in 2010 and has not had any previous crashes, said the official, who refused to provide his name.

HESA has ties to Iran’s Ministry of Defence and is the company that assembles the IrAn-140.

Lawmaker Mehrdad Lahouti suggested Sunday that the earlier accident should have been a wake-up call.

Iranian security and rescue personnel work the site of a passenger plane crash near the capital Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.

AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

“Lawmakers visited the production site of the plane and expressed concern about its (safety),” IRNA quoted him as saying. “This company should have not been allowed to operate the plane to avoid such a bitter incident.”

President Hassan Rouhani ordered that airlines stop using this type of plane until a full investigation is carried out.

Rouhani also expressed condolences to the family of the victims and ordered Health Minister Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi to take all the necessary measures to treat and provide adequate care to those injured in the incident, his website, president.ir, reported.

Mehrabad, located in western Tehran, is the busier of two main airports serving the capital, and primarily handles domestic flights. Most international flights use the newer Imam Khomeini International Airport.

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The country’s creaking airline industry has been hit by a series of deadly crashes.

In March of this year, a small plane belonging to the State Aviation Organization crashed while on a test flight near the tourist resort of Kish Island, killing all four crew members.

The last major airliner crash in Iran happened in January 2011, when an Iran Air Boeing 727 broke to pieces on impact while trying an emergency landing in a snowstorm in northwestern Iran, killing at least 77 people.

In July 2009, a Russian-made jetliner crashed in northwest Iran shortly after taking off from the capital, killing all 168 on board. A Russian-made Ilyushin 76 carrying members of the Revolutionary Guard crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran in February 2003, killing 302 people aboard.

–Schreck reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Associated Press writer Amir Vahdat contributed reporting from Tehran.

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