Friday 9 March 2018

IRAN: Civil Aviation Organization Of Iran Grounds Aseman Airlines ATR Planes After Crash Of ATR72-200 EP-ATS

The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran has grounded Iran Aseman Airlines’s entire fleet of Avions de Transport Regional turboprops.

This is in the wake of the crash of ATR72-200 EP-ATS on Sunday, February 18, near Semirom, in southern Iran, which killed all 66 passengers and crew onboard.

The regulator said in a statement last week the measure was precautionary and would allow it to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the causes of the crash.

Iran Aseman Airlines operates two ATR72-200s averaging 24.8 years of age and two ATR72-500s averaging 17.3 years of age.

They are used to run domestic sectors across Iran focussing on connectivity to Tehran Mehrabad and Shiraz.

Iran Aseman Airlines also known as Aseman, is an airline headquartered in Tehran, Iran. It operates scheduled domestic passenger services and regional international services.

Aseman is Iran's third-largest airline by active fleet size.

The airline was established and started operations in 1980.The airline's historic links go back to 1958 to the airline Air Taxi Co., which was rebranded as Pars Air in the 1970s and later Iran Aseman Airlines.

In March 2007, it was owned by Iranian Civil Pension Fund Investment Company and had 298 employees. It has since been privatized.

In July 2016, the CEO of the airline was issued an arrest warrant because of an alleged sum of approximately $37 million in public debts to Iran Airports & Air Navigation Company.

In February 2017, it emerged that Aseman Airlines was in talks with an Irish firm to lease seven Airbus A320neos.

In April 2017, the airline signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Boeing for the purchase of 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with options for another 30 aircraft.

In June 2017, Iran Aseman Airlines signed a final deal to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets.

On 4 October 1990, an Iran Aseman Fokker F27 Friendship, registration EP-ANA overran the runway upon landing at Ramsar Airport, and came to rest at a concrete wall 100 metres behind the runway.

There were no fatalities amongst the 46 passengers and four crew members on board, and the aircraft was fully repaired.

On 12 October 1994, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 746, a Fokker F28 Fellowship, registration EP-PAV en route from Isfahan to Tehran suffered a sudden loss of power in both engines at 23:05 local time, 35 minutes after take-off from Isfahan International Airport.

The aircraft spiralled into an uncontrolled descent and crashed near Natanz, killing all 59 passengers and seven crew members on board.

On 18 July 2000, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 775, a Fokker F28 Fellowship, registration EP-PAU en route from Tehran to Ahwaz, was damaged beyond repair when the pilot missed the runway upon a low-visibility landing attempt at Ahwaz Airport and instead touched down next to it.

A successful go-around was executed, and there were no injuries amongst the 84 passengers and four crew members on board.

On 26 August 2010, a Fokker 100 registration EP-ASL operating Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 773 from Tehran to Tabriz overran the runway upon landing at Tabriz International Airport and was substantially damaged when it plunged into a canal.

Two out of the 103 passengers on board were injured, while none of the seven crew members were hurt.

On 10 May 2014, a Fokker 100, registration EP-ASZ, was damaged in a landing accident at Zahedan Airport (ZAH), Iran.

The airplane operated Flight 853 from Mashhad Airport (MHD). The left hand main undercarriage failed to extend or lock prior to landing. A forced landing was carried out on runway 35.

The airplane swerved to the left and came to rest 1450 meters (4760 feet) past the runway 35 threshold and 23 meters (75 feet) to the left of the centreline.

On 18 February 2018, Iran Aseman Airlines Flight 3704, an ATR 72-200, registration EP-ATS flying from Tehran to Yasuj, crashed into the Zagros Mountains, south of Isfahan after it disappeared from radar, 50 minutes after taking off from Mehrabad Airport.

All 59 passengers and six crew were killed.

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