Iranian plane makes urgent landing due to technical problem
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 8 By Fatih Karimov – Trend: An Iranian airplane traveling from the country's southern city of Bushehr to Tehran forced to make urgent landing after experiencing technical problems. The airplane made an urgent landing in Esfahan airport today morning, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported Aug. 8. The Airbus 300- type airplane belongs to the Islamic Republic's flag carrier-Iran Air. Reportedly the airplane which was carrying 236 passengers faced a failure in one of its engines. Ali Mostafavi, an official with Esfahan airport said that no one was harmed in the incident, adding the aircraft’s technical problem will be fixed in coming days. Iran has suffered a series of airplane crashes, blamed on its aging aircraft and poor maintenance. Western sanctions prevented Iran from updating its US aircrafts and make it difficult to get European spare parts or planes. The country has come to rely on Russian aircraft, many of them Soviet-era planes. The country needs at least 550 new passenger planes until 2025 to renovate its ageing fleet. The Iranian airlines currently have a total of 266 aircraft. Only 12 of those planes were made after 2000.
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