Shock as Iran carrier lands plane in ditch

Passenger flight in trouble after landing in thunderstorm.
NEWS, Aviation


An investigation has been launched after a Fokker 100, operated by Iran Aseman Airlines, overran the runway and ended in a ditch at Tabriz Airport after landing in a thunderstorm.

The flight, which travelled from Tehran Mehrabad, had 103 passengers and seven crew members on board at the time of the incident.

Passengers were evacuated from the aircraft and transferred to the terminal around 10 minutes later. Substantial damage was reported to the nose cone, while minor injuries were sustained by two of the passengers.

The incident is the latest in a series of mishaps for Iranian carriers, with two aircrafts from the country making emergency landings in Istanbul last week.

An Iran Air Airbus A300 passenger plane en route from Tehran to Stockholm was forced to make an emergency landing at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport due to technical problems, reported Tehran Times. The plane left Ataturk Airport for its destination two hours later.

In a similar incident on the same day, an Airbus A300 passenger plane of Iran’s private airline Mahan Air en route from Tehran to Dusseldorf, Germany, sought permission for an emergency landing at Ataturk Airport after its left engine caught fire in midair.

The Airbus A300 had 209 passengers on board. The passengers spent the night at a hotel in Istanbul. There were no reports of any injuries in either of the two incidents.

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