Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 10
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
AN-140 aircraft jointly assembled by Iran and Ukraine, one of which crashed in Iran on August 10, were not to get permission to fly, Iranian parliamentarian Mehrdad Lahuti was quoted by ISNA agency as saying.
"This type of aircraft crashed during test flights in Isfahan," he added.
While inspecting the assembly process, the Committee on Civil Cases of the Iranian Parliament has repeatedly expressed concern about the safety of these airplanes.
Some 45 people were killed and three injured in a plane crash in Tehran, Mehr reported on Aug. 10 with reference to Iran's police chief Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam.
"The surveillance cameras in the city recorded the crash," he added.
Iranian media reported that three passengers managed to jump out of a plane and escape.
Moghaddam also added that according to the preliminary version, the crash occurred due to ignition in one of the aircraft engines.
The AN-140 aircraft flying to Tabas town crashed while taking off from the Mehrabad airport.