Plane carrying 66 people crashes, killing everyone on board

20 February, 2018, 20:19 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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The Aseman Airlines passenger plane came down in the Zagros mountains on Sunday, and all 66 people on board are feared to have been killed.

Search and rescue teams have now reached the crash site and are working at the scene, Iran's Press TV reported.

The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near the remote mountain town of Semirom, some 620km south of the capital, Tehran. However, President Donald Trump's refusal to recertify the deal has injected uncertainty into those sales while Iranians still fly in aging aircraft.

The most recent was in 2014, when a Sepahan Airlines flight crashed near Tehran minutes after taking off, killing 40 passengers.

The air tragedy killed all 65 people on board, the Civil Aviation Organisation of Iran confirmed on Sunday.

An Iranian passenger plane crashed moments after takeoff from Tehran, killing at least 38 people on board and narrowly avoiding many more deaths when it plummeted to the ground near a busy market August 10, 2014.


Witnesses told local media the plane looked like it was trying to make an emergency landing before it crashed.

A team of crash investigators from French air safety agency BEA was due to arrive in Iran later on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, all our dear ones lost their lives in this incident", said Tabatabai. "This crash is the result of a political crisis", he said, putting the blame on where political parties choose to invest the resources of the country.

Aseman Airlines, a semi-private carrier and one of the country's largest, flies mainly to domestic destinations but also operates global flights to Istanbul, Kuwait City and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Last June, Aseman Airlines finalized an agreement to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets for $3 billion, with an option to buy 30 more. The airline has suffered other major crashes with fatalities. However, the breakthrough Nuclear Deal with the United States in 2015 has paved way for modernization of the Iran Aircrafts.

With decades of global sanctions pending the commercial passenger aircraft fleet of Iran seems to have aged with air accidents becoming quite a regular in the last few years.

Indicative of how this impacts airlines in the country is the average age of flag carrier Iran Air's fleet: 21.1 years, according to Air Fleets, which includes a 38-year-old Airbus A300.

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