A Christian Science perspective.
The crash of a Caspian Airlines jet in Iran, which killed 168 people is a sad event in and of itself. One's heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones, fellow workers, and friends. Each individual on that flight was precious to God – and is still in His care. Each family member can also be blessed by feeling God's presence, providing hope and comfort.
In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus promised, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted" (Matt. 5:4). This comfort comes through Christ, the healing power of God, which touches each of us, whether or not we are Christians, and provides the tender love that we need.
The crash of this jet also raises issues that take on new importance given the political instability in Iran and other nations' attitudes toward it. A report in The New York Times notes, "With no domestic aviation industry, Iran is dependent on foreign manufacturers for its planes. But trade sanctions in place for the past three decades have hampered access to spare parts as well as purchases of more modern aircraft..." ("Plane Crash Leaves 168 Dead in Iran," July 15). The article goes on to state that in 2005, the International Civil Aviation Organization warned that "sanctions flouted international treaties and placed civilian lives in danger."