Airplane Crashes On Takeoff From Tehran Airport, Most Passengers Killed

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It has not been a good summer for airplane travel, and following the latest news out of Iran, where earlier today an Iran-140 Sepahan Air passenger plane bound for Tabas in northeast Iran with 48 passengers and crew on board crashed on a road near Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on Sunday, killing at least 38 people, things just got even worse.

According to initial reports from Al Arabia, all passengers and crew on board had been killed, but state media later reported that some passengers had been injured and transferred to hospital. Thirty-eight other people died instantly and 10 were injured and were transferred to hospital in critical condition, state television said.

Eight or nine had survived, a doctor was quoted as saying by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).


One of the injured had regained consciousness, the doctor added.


The passengers included two infants and three children under the age of 12, the Civil Aviation Authority said.

The only silver lining about the tragedy is that there does not appear to be any foul play involved: the pilot detected technical issues four minutes after takeoff and tried to return to the airport, state television said, but the twin-engine turboprop crashed on a road at 9.18 am local time.

One eyewitness said the plane crashed into a wall.


A photograph on IRNA’s website showed a huge plume of black smoke billowing over traffic standing at a road intersection.


A photograph from the Iran Student News Agency showed a charred tailfin lying on the ground.


The plane’s black box has yet to be found, the deputy minister of Roads and Urban Development said.

What is worse is that it is likely that such tragic occurences will continue: about 14 crashes involving Iranian planes were reported in the decade to January 2011. The plane that crashed - an Iran-140 - is a locally assembled version of the Antonov-140. Its safety record has come into question in the past. The safety record for the carriers has led to most Iranian flights being prevented from landing in the EU.

Mehrabad is located in a western suburb of Tehran and mainly functions as a domestic airport, although it also serves some international routes.

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Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:43 | 5072499 Ignatius
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Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:09 | 5072565 Flagit
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Hey, a mouse farted in a field somewhere. Got an article for that non-issue?

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:20 | 5072582 SoberOne
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I have got to get me one of those "Sandlot" hats featured in the second picture!

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:54 | 5072678 remain calm
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OK got to start it. Wi tu lo.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:20 | 5072743 Publicus
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Which important person was onboard?

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:23 | 5072754 Supafly
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Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:36 | 5072626 Flagit
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Now if they would have included the info that JustObserving offered up about the aircraft parts embargo to Iran, it might have had some relevance.

That's the story, not the fact (another) one went down.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:35 | 5072924 lakecity55
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The aircraft can be made with Pratt-Whitney engines.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:11 | 5072568 max2205
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What a waste. Iran has no bankers .

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:15 | 5072731 Jack Sheet
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you don't say

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:44 | 5072501 Seize Mars
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Are they Mo'Happy or Mossad?

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:59 | 5072544 Infinite QE
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Mossad for certain. And people wonder why Iran needs nukes.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:15 | 5072580 Jumbotron
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Well....we know one thing for certain.  The Mossad is not responsible for your stupidity.  That was passed down by your mother and father.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:34 | 5072625 Infinite QE
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Blah Blah Blah Jumbofag. Now pay your zioqueer tax and shut the fuck up.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:51 | 5072666 Slave
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And yours was passed down by your aunt mom and uncle dad.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:37 | 5072787 Lumberjack
Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:42 | 5072801 Lumberjack
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Furthermore, they immediately admitted it was a mechanical. They could have just as easily placed blame on xyz but didn't. 

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:42 | 5072942 Jumbotron
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Tell that to Infinite Douchebag

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:47 | 5072507 Bumbu Sauce
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Fateists like mohammedians don't make for good preventative maintanance program designers.


I reckon it was allah's(salted chiccarones be upon him) will...

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:50 | 5072517 Bossman1967
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Will they get 72 virgins as well

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:18 | 5072585 Jumbotron
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Sure....according to Infinite Idiot....the Mossad is responsible for everything therefore everyone on the plane is a Martyr.  Sux for the women though....they don't get 72 Studs for eternity.  The Virgins are for men only.


Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:28 | 5072767 Four chan
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lol good point.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:52 | 5072521 Its_the_economy...
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"no fate but the one we make"

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:47 | 5072509 q99x2
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Their timeline was long enough. eh?

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:48 | 5072512 Comte d'herblay
Comte d'herblay's picture it goes...

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:48 | 5072513 Its_the_economy...
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pilot must've chosen a bad time to lay out his prayer rug

and now this bad news.....

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:56 | 5072536 Its_the_economy...
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i guess somewhere in the back of my mind i knew a downy was coming

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 14:04 | 5073000 Jumbotron
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Should have known that was coming when you post to ZeroMecca.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:05 | 5072559 Rootin' for Putin
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Well thats as stupid as starting your checks at a high number* so people dont think you are an untrustworthy noob with a checking account.

*Seriously non usa living people, thats what they would do.  At least back in the 90's when people wrote checks/cheques

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:48 | 5072515 kowalli
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Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:50 | 5072516 nmewn
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"The safety record for the carriers has led to most Iranian flights being prevented from landing in the EU."


Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:44 | 5072805 tony wilson
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rabbi has entered the building how about some iran runs isis connections moshe ; )

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:09 | 5072854 nmewn
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Well looky here, I have my own delusional troll.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:32 | 5072912 Iwanttoknow
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No,you are the fucking troll.Pray,tell us what your preacher said today.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:51 | 5072955 Jumbotron
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Remove the log from your own eye, before trying to remove the (perceived) splinter out of the eye of brother nmewn.

Amen.....and amen.

Coffee and doughnuts in the parish hall.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 14:01 | 5072976 tony wilson
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birds of a zion feather stick together.


the problem is jumbo the torah bora nmewn rabbi fella does not want you near him because you is not subtle.

you are queering his arab isis pitch.

no sir rebob.

jumbotron you are such an ape even the deaf can here your knucklles draggin along the floor.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 14:07 | 5073007 Jumbotron
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Alahu Snackbar, Tony Moo-hammed. the way.....don't be afraid of Capitalizations......and punctuation.

Let commas be your friend.

Hey let's eat Moo-hammed.

Hey let's eat, Moo-hammed.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 14:58 | 5073131 Quus Ant
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You kids are having so much fun. 

I love it. 

Ok, Tony, now you say something.  What was it you were telling me about Jumbo's significant other?

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 21:10 | 5074535 radiobomb
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haha QA, yeah, but you gotta see the often off topic single meme posts that 'Tony' always leaves - it's like a skid-mark .  Whatever the article, he will slag off and rant, often talking and rarely using logic.  Hopeless discussing any topic with someone who already made up their mind before they hear any facts, or tries to twist unrelated facts to his single meme....   Anyone who checks his posts can see for themselves ...every single post; hater in extremis... blatant, getting boring now.  Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but ZH is not a 1-sided religious hatred site.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 14:08 | 5073012 nmewn
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"No,you are the fucking troll.Pray,tell us what your preacher said today."

You people are stupid beyond words or description, you don't even know what a troll My first post had nothing to do with him. My own personal, delusional troll (Tony Wilson) trolled me.

Its right there in black & white you ignorant fuck.


Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:51 | 5072971 Jumbotron
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Salaam......Tony Moo-hammed

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:55 | 5072981 tony wilson
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what have i told you about up ticking isaac

it not clever mongo

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 14:09 | 5073011 Jumbotron
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English as a second language, I see.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:52 | 5072518 JustObserving
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One would guess that domestically-produced or Chinese parts were not good enough:

US sanctions against Iran refer to economic, trade, scientific and military sanctions against Iran, which have been imposed by theU.S. government, or under U.S. pressure by the international community through the United Nations Security Council. Currently, the sanctions include an embargo on dealings with Iran by the United States, and a ban on selling aircraft and repair parts to Iranian aviation companies.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:58 | 5072540 kowalli
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what? USA sanctions against Iran? no way, USA is democratic country...

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 11:08 | 5072561 Bastiat
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I'm guessing not too many Antonov 140 parts are made in the U.S.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:17 | 5072871 nmewn
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You would be guessing

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:30 | 5072903 lakecity55
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here is a link.

supposedly, the entire plane comes as a kit then the iranians build it.

looks like only 2 countries use them.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 13:47 | 5072961 Jumbotron
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John Denver could tell you a thing or two about kit planes.

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 10:50 | 5072520 papaswamp
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Sure are a lot of aircraft falling out of the sky in that region of the world...

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