Korea offers condolences to Iranian leader over deadly plane crash

22 February, 2018, 01:26 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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Iran often blames sanctions by the United States for not being able to import new aircraft or spare parts, according to Reuters.

The flight, which departed at 7:55 a.m. local time (11.25 p.m. ET Saturday), crashed in Kohangan village, 120 kilometers (74 miles) from Semirom town, authorities told Iran's Fars News Agency.

The Iranian military has found the aircraft that crashed into mountains two days ago with 65 people on board, Reuters reported.

The Tehran-Yasuj flight, a domestic Iranian flight operated by Aseman Airlines, disappeared from radar screens some 50 minutes into the flight.

Officials told state media that the wreckage had been found, but an aviation spokesman said he could not confirm this.

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An ATR-72 crashed in similar icy conditions in IN in the United States in 1994, leading some operators to avoid cold weather conditions.

Tabatabai stated the plane crashed into Mount Dena, which is near about 4,400 meters (14,435 feet) tall.

"The bodies must be transferred by hand to the foot of the mountain, which will be time-consuming", he said.

The ATR 72-500 twin-engine turboprop was travelling from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj.

Aseman Airlines has had other major crashes.

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Iran has complained that sanctions imposed by the United States have jeopardised the safety of its airlines, making it hard to maintain and modernise ageing fleets.

A helicopter sent by Iran's national emergency services was unable to land at the site of the accident due to severe weather, its spokesman said.

The recent crash has led to discussions on social networks about where the West and Iranian aviation stands two years after the lifting of the sanctions on the industry.

But figures from the Flight Safety Foundation, a US-based NGO, suggest Iran is nonetheless above-average in implementing ICAO safety standards.

Following the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, Iran signed deals with both Airbus and Boeing to buy scores of passenger planes.

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