Antonov-74 planes banned from flying in Iran
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 16
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has orders all Antonov-74 passenger planes be banned from flying following the ban which imposed against Antonov 140 passenger planes after a deadly crash in Tehran last week.
Rouhani ordered the grounding of the entire Russian-designed Antonov-74 passenger jets, Mohammad Ali Ilkhani, the head of Iran Airports Company said, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Aug. 16.
Earlier on Aug. 10, the Iranian president issued an order about banning all Antonov 140 passenger planes from flying until a comprehensive investigation is conducted into the deadly crash.
It should be noted that the Antonov 140 passenger plane crashed on Aug. 10 moments after takeoff from the International Mehrabad Airport in Iran.
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.
Ilkhani did not mention how many Antonov-74 passenger jets were flying in Iran.
In Nov. 2006, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Antonov -74 crashed on take-off at Tehran Mehrabad Airport. 39 persons were killed in the accident.