Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 14
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Tehran’s Mehrabad international airport resumed flights on Aug 14 after a nearly two-hour shutdown caused by an accident involving an Airbus A320 plane, said Reza Jafarzadeh, director of public relations for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, IRIB news agency reported.
The Airbus A320 which was carrying 150 passengers ran off the side of the runway in its taking-off run on runway 29L at Mehrabad airport last night.
Mehrabad Airport was closed for more than two hours until the A320, which belongs to the Atrak Airlines was removed.
No one was injured in the incident, Jafarzadeh said, adding experts are investigating the issue.
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.