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Thai One-Two-Go Flight OG269 crash survivor Isabella Fraeylikhman leaves a hospital for Israel Tuesday in Phuket.
Tragedy trumps politics
Officials from Israel and Iran put aside political animosity Tuesday to work together in using Israeli forensics expertise to identify their dead from the crash of a jetliner on this Thai resort island.
A Thai aviation official, meanwhile, revealed that half of the Phuket airport’s wind-shear warning devices were not working at the time of Sunday’s crash. He said the outage could have contributed to the disaster.
Six Israelis and 18 Iranians were among the 89 people killed when the One-Two-Go Airlines jet crashed and burned while trying to land in heavy rain and wind carrying 130 passengers and crew.
Relations are minimal and tense between the Jewish state and the Islamic Republic — whose president once denied the Holocaust — but diplomats from both nations shrugged off any suggestion the antagonism would hinder efforts to help grieving families.
"It’s human nature to help in solving this problem as soon as possible," Safdar Shafiee from the Iranian Embassy in Bangkok said after shaking hands with Yaki Oved, head representative of Israeli police in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
"In situations like this you forget the division," Oved said.