Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad ordered to prepare a program for replacement of Russian pilots working in Iran, and, according to the Transport Ministry, Russia's pilots have to leave Iran during two months, Fars News Agency quoted Iranian Transport Minister Hamid Behbahani as reporting.
"Our country has many professional pilots, and we don't need to invite foreign specialists to realize flights in the country," he said.
According to the Agency, replacement of Russian pilots became discussable in Iran after the wreck of aircraft IL-62 at the airport Hasheminejad in Iranian city Mashhad. The aircraft wreck occurred because of pilot's fault.
In late July, aircraft Il-62 wrecked, 17 people, including three Russians were victims of the aircraft wreck. There were 160 people on the board of the aircraft. While landing the undercarriages of the aircraft caught fire and went beyond the runway and crashed into the barrier.