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Published On: Sun, Feb 18th, 2018

Iranian Aseman Airlines ATR-72 crashed in central Iran, all 66 on board feard dead

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nsnbc : An ATR-72 turboprop, regional airliner operated by Iranian Aseman Airlines has crashed in central Iran on Sunday. The crash happened during a fight from the capital Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj. All 66 passengers and crew on board are feared dead. Rescue and recovery workers have problems finding and reaching the crash site due to terrain and weather. The cause of the crash is unknown.

ATR-72 Turboprop, Aseman Airlines, IranThe French – Italian made ATR-72 twin engine turboprop operated by Aseman Airlines crashed, reportedly in bad weather, into Mount Dena, near the town of Semirom, said an Aseman Airlines official.  Local officials in Semirom said the crash site was hard to reach and rescue helicopters had been unable to land because of heavy fog and rain.

Mojatba Khaledi, spokesman for the Iranian emergency services, said rescue teams have traveled to the vicinity of the crash site by land and were trying to locate the crashed passenger plane and the people on board.

“The weather is currently cloudy and rainy and rescuers are searching for the plane but they have not sighted it yet. Despite the poor weather conditions, relief groups are continuing their search,” he said.

Air traffic controllers said the plane went off radar screens 50 minutes after take-off from Mehrabad airport in Tehran at around 8:00 am (0430 GMT). The flight had 60 passengers, including a child, as well as six crew. The plane has reportedly crashed around 23 kilometers (14 miles) from Yasuj, some 500 kilometers south of the capital Tehran.


Franco-Italian plane maker Aerei da Trasporto Regionale or Avions de transport regional, short ATR  has a deal with flag carrier Iran Air for the delivery of 20 ATR 72-600 passenger planes. The company delivered eight aircraft in 2017 and plans to deliver a further 12 by the end of this year. The 70-seat ATR planes are aimed at domestic and regional routes, which Iran seeks to revitalize after the lifting of sanctions in early 2016. ATR is to 50% owned by Airbus.

Years of sanctions have taken their toll on the Iranian aviation industries. Iran is currently in the process of renovating its aging fleet for international or long-distance flights under deals signed with Airbus and Boeing to buy a total of 180 passenger jets.

Iran has also received three Airbus jets in 2017 – one Airbus A321 and two Airbus A33 – and was due to get another by year-end which did not come through. The first Boeing is due around May 2018.

The cause or causes of the crash are currently unknown. nsnbc international reiterates the black boxes have not been designed to keep the public in the dark. We encourage the relevant Iranian authorities to make certified evidence including copies of data retrieved from the Cockpit Voice Recorder and the data from the Flight Data Recorder, among others, accessible to independent media, advocates of the victims left behind and other relevant persons and institutions, available for independent analysis.

CH/L – nsnbc 18.02.2018

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