Passenger plane crashes after take-off in Iran

Riyadh - A plane carrying more than 40 passengers crashed in a residential area after taking off from Tehran's Mehrabad airport on Sunday morning, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported, citing a spokesperson for the Iranian Red Crescent Society and its own reporter.

Initial reports were that 40 passengers, including seven children, were killed in the crash, IRNA reported. No information was available on whether anyone on the ground was injured.

The plane was bound for Tabas in northeastern Iran and crashed into the Azad residential block on Mina 6 Boulevard, it reported.

IRNA reported that an engine shutdown caused the crash.


Iran's aviation sector has suffered repeated crashes which have been blamed by Iranian politicians on international sanctions.

Those sanctions have restricted Iranian carriers from buying new aircraft. For years, planes have been kept in service through parts imported on the black market, cannibalised from other planes or reproduced locally, aviation sources say.

Iran's four largest carriers - Iran Air, Iran Aseman Airlines, Mahan Air and Iran Air Tours - all have average fleet ages above 22 years, Iranian media have reported. They serve a market of 76 million people.

US companies Boeing Co and General Electric Co have said they are seeking to export parts to Iran under the agreement for sanctions relief.

The chief of Iran Air said the airline will need at least 100 passenger jets once sanctions against the country are lifted.

Mehrabad is located in a western suburb of Tehran and mainly functions as a domestic airport, although it also serves some international routes.

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Azana Booi 2014/08/10 08:47:15 AM
Hectic times ey!!!
Binte Maya 2014/08/10 08:54:15 AM
Yes.. These are trying times indeed..!!
Robert Keene 2014/08/10 09:10:02 AM
Sanctions? - then do what most countries do under such conditions - use your trillions of dollars form oil sales and design and manufacture your own civilian aircraft?
Louise-Roger Higham 2014/08/10 09:26:06 AM
Oh no not another aircraft down. We should all be on our knees praying not making war, the world needs help
Kevin Nicklin 2014/08/10 11:26:19 AM
Here is a theory. Digitization of flight controls could be causing a lot of these problems. Pilots may have become too reliant on computerized flying systems and the moment the system has a problem they don't know how to handle it manually. Just speculating on this, I have no proof to back up my comment!
Delisile Shibiti 2014/08/10 12:26:17 PM
No more airplanes. Wats da use dey crashing
Andrew Williams 2014/08/10 01:28:35 PM
Sanctions cause they built nuclear on their own land? Then stiffed up like Iraq should they get invaded
Andrew Williams 2014/08/10 01:29:50 PM
Didn't even see it on the foreign news
Mathilda Ellis 2014/08/10 02:44:36 PM
They should be allowed to buy new aircraft and aircraft parts to avoid this!!!