The public reaction to the crash has focussed on the state of Iran’s airline fleet and the effect sanctions have had on it. The fleet is ageing and increasingly difficult to maintain, and with American and European craft impossible to obtain, Iran relies on Russian aircraft, many of them Soviet-era machines.
“I think the main cause of the crash was that the plane was obsolete. Many of our planes are old. We could use newer and more modern planes. The main reason our planes are so dilapidated is the sanctions imposed on us for 30 years,” said one man. The Iranian media has pointed the finger at the American-led sanctions as the cause of the disaster, but some have also been critical of the quality of Russian aircraft, with one cartoon depicting a flying Grim Reaper marked “Made in Russia.”