Iran’s president orders Iran-140 passenger jets grounded

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani orders all Iran-140 passenger jets be banned from flying following a tragic passenger plane crash in the capital Tehran, PressTV reported.

On Sunday, the Iranian president ordered the grounding of all Iran-140 passenger jets until a comprehensive investigation is conducted into the deadly crash, IRNA reported.

Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi was tasked with carrying out a thorough investigation into the causes of the incident.

Rouhani also ordered Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi to take all the necessary measures to provide the best medical care to the injured.

The Iranian passenger plane crashed on Sunday moments after takeoff from the International Mehrabad Airport.

Thirty-seven people, including six children, lost their lives on the spot while two others died in a Tehran hospital. Nine others have suffered serious burns with several in critical condition.

The Antonov An-140, a turboprop regional airliner operated by Sepahan Air, was traveling from Tehran to the northeastern desert city of Tabas. Forty-eight people, among them several children, were on board the plane when it smashed into the ground and burst into flames upon impact.

The plane's black box has been found and the authorities are probing the cause of the incident.

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