Teheran, MINA – An Iranian Aseman Airlines with 66 pessangers on board has crashed in central Iran during a flight from Tehran to the city of Yasuj, Al Jazeera reported.
A spokesperson for Iran Aseman Airlines told state TV that Sunday’s air crash killed all 66 people on board.
The plane went down in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom. The Iranian Red Crescent said it had deployed to the area, which was quite foggy at the time of the crash.
Iran Aseman Airlines has dismissed the possibility of technical failure, pinning the blame solely on bad weather.
However, local news media reported that the ill-fated aircraft had technical problems in the past few weeks.
Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at Strategic Aero Research Centre, told Al Jazeera that it was “premature to rule out anything”.
“Granted, weather may have been an issue, but it’s too early to speculate,” he said.
Iran Aseman Airlines had said on October 26 that the aircraft in question was back in service after being grounded for seven years.
The company deleted that announcement from its social media platforms, but a screenshot of its Instagram account is still circulating.
Iran Aseman Airlines is a semi-private air carrier headquartered in Tehran that specialises in flights to remote airfields across the country and also flies internationally. (T/P2RS5)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)