A small passenger plane has crashed in the Iranian capital of Tehran, killing thirty-nine of the forty-eight people on board.
39 people on board a small Iranian passenger plane have died after it crashed in the western region of Iran’s capital city Tehran, which was carrying 48 people overall. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff, in a residential area near Mehrabad Airport, while on route to the eastern city of Tabas early Sunday morning.
The initial reports circulated by state media have suggested the plane involved, an Iran-140 jet – an Iranian assembled version of the Russian Antonov An-140 plane, may not have been of a modern flying standard but an official cause for the accident is yet to be discovered, with an official investigation expected to begin in the coming days.
Iran has suffered from more than 200 aviation accidents in the past 25 years, primarily because of poor maintenance records and ageing aircraft. Planes purchased before the Islamic Revolution in 1979 are still actively flown in the country to this day and many planes are fitted with unofficial spare parts.