TEHRAN, Iran – A decades-long Iranian military aircraft of the Boeing 707, which allegedly brought meat from Kyrgyzstan, crashed on Monday when it tried to land west of the Iranian capital. It killed 15 people on board and left one survivor.
] The Jetliner crash just marked the recent catastrophic aviation disaster for Iran, which hoped to replace its aging fleet with the world powers under the terms of the 2015 Nuclear Accord.
The resignation of President Donald Trump from the agreement in May, however, was a thrust billions The planned sales of Airbus and Boeing Co. to the Islamic Republic in US dollars increased the risk to passengers on Iranian aircraft.
The plane, which was painted by the civilian civilian Saha Saha airline of the Iranian Air Force, made an emergency landing Monday at 8:30 am at Fath Airport, an airfield controlled by Iran's powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. The plane slid off the runway and crashed through a perimeter fence into a residential area.
Iranian state television broadcast images of smoke-charred homes and the hull of the nearby aircraft on the ground. Nearby was one of his land equipment, which was torn away. Around him, small fires were burning.
The aircraft was supposed to land at Payam International Airport, about 40 kilometers west of Tehran, the Iranian capital.
The authorities did not immediately give the crew a reason to land there. Fath is located about 1
Pirhossein Koulivand, chief of the country's emergency services, said that of the 16 people on board the aircraft, only the flight engineer was known to have survived. The Iranian media reported that nine bodies had already been recovered from the crash.
The Iranian Air Force said in a statement that the fate of the crew, including their potential "martyrdom", is under investigation. It was not immediately clear who owned the plane, even though Secretary-General Shahin Taghikhani, an army spokesman, told state television that the plane and its crew were Iranians.
The Iranians often use the word "martyrdom" for those who die in war or national service.
The aircraft is said to have carried a cargo of meat from the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek to Iran. Since 2016, Iran imports meat from Kyrgyzstan, usually via Saha. In 2016, 150 tonnes and in 2017 350 tonnes were imported.
Saha Airlines carried out one of the world's last commercial flights of the Boeing 707, which was first produced in 1958 and was in the jet age. The four-engine narrow-body aircraft were built until 1979.
Maintenance information regarding the Boeing 707 crashed on Monday was not immediately available. However, Iran had difficulty obtaining parts for its aging fleet of airlines, which were purchased almost all during the time of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and before the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
The Boeing 707 from Saha Airlines had suffered a fatal crash in April 2005. when a flight from Kish Island crashed at Mehrabad airport in Tehran and killed three passengers.