A Taban Air Tu 154 jetliner carrying more than 150 pax/crew on board ran off the runway shortly after blind landing in thick fog. All on board managed to evacuate the plane on the verge of disaster seconds before it caught fire. According to the local resources no fatal casualty has been reported yet. However more that 40 people injured have been receiving treatment so far.
The aircraft had already been bounded to Mashhad from Abandon before it was diverted to Isfahan due to insufficient visibility in Mashhad Airport last night. This morning it departed from Isfahan for the second attempt to reach Mashhad while the visibility was 2000 meters. As the aircraft reached Mashhad final approach, the visibility declined to less than 200 meters. But the presence of a passenger on board who was in need of immediate medical assistance forced the Captain to take the life threatening decision of approaching on ILS CATI with insufficient visibility. Eventually, this led to the aircraft touching down in the vicinity of the runway and due to the unpaved surface, the aircraft received severe damage which caused the disaster
About Crashed A/C
Register : RA-85787
Passengers onboard : 157
Crew : 13
Fatalities : 0
Dep. AirPort : Abadan
Des. Aiport : Mashhad
Diverted to IFN because of Fog at MHD Last night , Took Off From IFN at 5:35 AM Today to MHD
Based on the current clues, this accident has solely been caused by human failure. However you can expect the media to put the blame on the Russian aircraft
It has been announced that the Russian captain has taken the responsibility and accountability for the accident
Emergency teams are attending the scene of an accident at Mashhad in which a Tupolev Tu-154 received substantial structural damage, apparently after landing.
Images from the scene show the aircraft is resting on its fuselage underside, with no landing-gear in view, and that both wings have been torn off.
The jet has suffered heavy fire damage at the rear, where the aircraft's three engines are mounted, and the vertical fin and horizontal stabiliser are no longer attached.
The Tu-154 was performing services for Iranian carrier Taban Air, although the fuselage colour scheme shows that the aircraft is from the fleet of Russian carrier Kolavia. It also carries the name 'Surgut' in Cyrillic on the nose, identifying the jet as RA-85787.
Iran's official state media, citing the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation, reports that the aircraft was conducting flight 6437 from Abadan to Mashhad but diverted initially to Isfahan because of poor weather.
It resumed its journey to Mashhad but landed in conditions of low visibility, whereupon the aircraft broke up and caught fire. The Tu-154 had 156 passengers on board, but while at least 20 are reported injured there are no indications of fatalities.
Public Relations manager said : Two of injured people in crash event Tu-154 today are shocked and have a bad situation
they are 6 man and 6 women injured
three people had operation in hospital,one person is in heart emergency and two people in emergency
the other passengers have been discharged
Report by ATD - AeroSpaceTalk.ir
TEHRAN, Iran – A Russian-made Iranian passenger plane carrying 157 passengers and 13 crew crash landed in northeastern Iran on Sunday injuring at least 46 people, state television reported.
The broadcast quoted Iran's civil aviation spokesman, Reza Jafarzadeh, as saying that no one was killed in the accident. He gave no indication of what might have caused the accident.
The Taban Air plane caught fire upon landing at Mashhad airport at 7:20 a.m. local time (0350 GMT). The injured have been taken to hospitals in Mashhad, the report added.
Jafarzadeh said the Tupolev plane initially took off from Abadan airport in southwestern Iran Saturday evening but landed in Isfahan, central Iran, because of bad weather in Mashhad, its destination.
"The plane took off from Isfahan airport at 5:35 a.m. local time Sunday ... Despite bad weather and minimum visibility, the pilot made an emergency landing because a passenger was ill. But the incident then happened during landing," he said.
Jafarzadeh said the plane was seriously damaged. State television added that part of the aircraft had burned and the left wing and undercarriage were torn off.
Iran has about a dozen Soviet-built Tupolev airliners.
Iran has seen numerous crashes in recent years and its airlines have been plagued by maintenance problems, partly because they are chronically cashed-strapped and cannot buy new planes.
Iranian officials often blame U.S. sanctions that prevent it from refurbishing the American aircraft bought before the 1979 Islamic revolution and also make it difficult to get spare parts or planes from Europe.
The country has come to rely on Russian aircraft, many of them Soviet-era planes that are harder to get parts for since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Last July, a Tupolev passenger plane carrying 168 people crashed shortly after takeoff, nose-diving into a field and killing all those aboard. The Caspian Airlines Tu-154M jet had taken off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport and was headed to the Armenian capital Yerevan.
In February 2006, another Tu-154 operated by Iran Airtour, which is affiliated with Iran's national carrier, crashed during landing in Tehran, killing 29 of the 148 people on board. Another Airtour Tupolev crashed in 2002 in the mountains of western Iran, killing all 199 on board.
Iran's worst crash came in February 2003 and also involved a Russian-made Ilyushin that plowed into the mountains of southeastern Iran, killing 302 people — mostly members of the elite Revolutionary Guard.
Taban Air has had its Air Operator Certificate withdrawn by the Iranian government.
Following the crash-landing of a Taban Air Tupolev Tu-154M on January 24 at Mashhad Airport in Iran, the airline has had its Air Operator Certificate withdrawn by the Iranian government, reports ATW News.
In the incident, the aircraft’s tail reportedly broke apart leading to 46 passengers being injured, although fortunately there were no fatalities amongst the 170 on board.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, the flight had originated in Abadan Airport but diverted to Isfahan because of poor weather at Mashhad Airport, before continuing with the journey. RA-85787, the Tu-154M involved, was leased from Kolavia.
Taban Air’s website says that the airline was formed in 2004 and is “going to be a full member of IATA”. It had operated five Tu-154Ms and three BAe146s.