At least 38 people have died and 10 were injured in the crash of a commercial jet Sunday at the airport for domestic flights to Tehran, reported by the state news agency IRNA and Iranian television. According to the medical emergency team, the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals immediately after the accident.
The device, an Iranian version of the Antonov -140, crashed at 9.45 am, minutes after taking off, south of the airport Meharabad near Azadi sports stadium in south Tehran.
“The plane crashed on the boulevard number six inhabited Azadi complex. Do not have accurate information on what caused the accident,” the spokesman Crescent, Hosein Derajshan.
Reuters reports that the pilot detected technical problems just four minutes after takeoff and had intended to return to land, but failed in the attempt. An eyewitness said, meanwhile, that the ship hit a wall. As reported by the deputy minister of transport and urban development, have not found the plane’s black boxes.
The plane belonged to the Iranian airline and Taban Airlines flying from Tehran to the city of Tabas, in the east, shortly after takeoff when he was stopped one of its engines. The Corps of IRGC have denied early claims that ensured that the aircraft was theirs, Fars, near the military corps reported.
Iran has an obsolete air fleet and it has been facing great difficulties in finding spare parts due to international sanctions, which often cause serious delays in domestic flights.
The last major accident was in January 2011 when a commercial airliner crashed while trying to make an emergency landing during a snowstorm in northern Iran, which killed 77 people, state chain Press TV news. In July 2009, 168 people were killed by colliding with another device in the northwest of the country after taking off from the capital.