No Survivors of Iran Aseman Airlines Airplane Crash in Iran

An ATR-72-212 airplane which operated as Iran Aseman Airlines flight 3704 and originated in Tehran on its way to Yasuj in Iran has reportedly crashed into Mount Dena near Semirom earlier this morning, Sunday, February 18, 2018, with at least 60 passengers and six members of the flight crew aboard the aircraft — none of whom survived, according to the airline.

No Survivors of Iran Aseman Airlines Airplane Crash in Iran

The cause of the crash is still unclear at this time; although thick fog is thought to be the reason. The aircraft — which was almost 25 years old, as it was built in 1993 — disappeared from the radar almost 50 minutes after taking off from Tehran at approximately 40 nautical miles north of Yasuj.

These are photographs of an airplane similar to the one that crashed:

Because of the thick fog, rescue helicopters were unable to land in the area near the crash site.

Summary

This is the second fatal crash of an airplane on a short domestic flight within a week, as on Sunday, February 11, 2018, an Antonov AN-148-100 airplane which operated as Saratov Airlines flight 703 crashed near Dergayevo in the Ramensky District in Russia. None of the 65 passengers and six members of the flight crew aboard the aircraft — which originated in Moscow on its way to Orsk — survived that crash either.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of the occupants of the doomed aircraft in Iran.

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3 thoughts on “No Survivors of Iran Aseman Airlines Airplane Crash in Iran”

  1. Robbo says:

    Just awful for us regular flyers to see this happening. Interesting though that both aircraft were very old and both manufactured in basically Third World countries. Devastating all the same. I’m always delighted to be flying with Boeing, Airbus and Embraer.

    1. phoenix says:

      ATRs are built in Italy by Leonardo (formerly Alenia) and Aerospatiale (now Airbus). Hardly third-world.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATR_(aircraft_manufacturer)
      http://www.atraircraft.com/about-atr/corporate-overview/company-profile.html

  2. Meghan says:

    Flight from Tehran to the city of Yasuj. TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian commercial airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years crashed Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, and officials said they feared all 65 people on board were killed. The crash of the Aseman Airlines ATR-72 marks yet another fatal aviation disaster for Iran, which for years was barred from buying airplane parts for needed maintenance due to Western sanctions over its contested nuclear program. Its nuclear accord with world powers allows it to get those parts and the country has made deals worth tens of billions of dollars for new aircraft. However, President Donald Trump’s refusal to recertify the deal has injected uncertainty into those sales while Iranians still fly in aging aircraft. The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination of the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780 kilometers (485 miles) south of the Iranian capital, Tehran, where it took off. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the crash, although weather was severe in the area. Dense fog, high winds and heavy snow in the Zagros Mountains made it impossible for rescue crews in helicopters to reach the site Sunday, state television reported.

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