For the second time in a little more than a week, an Iranian passenger jet has crashed, killing passengers aboard. 17 people have been confirmed dead in this latest Iranian plane crash. Iranian aviation authorities
are also reporting 20 injuries associated with this latest plane crash.
The Ilyushin-62M Russian-made plane operated by Aria Airlines is reported by the Iranian Press TV to have skidded into a wall after a tire failure on landing in Mashad, Iran about 6 p.m. local time. The crashed plane's front end was sheared off on impact. The plane that crashed was carrying 153 passengers, including the manager of Aria Airlines who was killed. The flight originated as Flight 1525 in Tehran.
On July 15, Iran experienced another aviation disaster when Caspian Airways Flight 7908 destined for Armenia exploded into flames in midair and crashed into a field, killing all 168 people on board.
While today's Iranian plane crash is not one of the deadliest in the country, its proximity to the deadly Caspian Air crash 10 days ago raises concern about the safety of Iranian airline flights.
According to various media reports, Iran's airlines have difficulty obtaining parts. The Iranian airlines are not only short of cash for purchasing parts, they are subject to American sanctions which prevent them from purchasing parts from U.S. based suppliers. The Iranian airlines have turned instead to Russian suppliers whose parts have proved less reliable.
The Iranian plane crash today is the fourth deadly plane crash this summer. This spate of plane crashes makes the summer of 2009 the deadliest summer in aviation history.
On June 1, an Air France Airbus 330 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 228 passengers and crew. That flight, en route from Rio De Janiero to Paris, crashed after encountering severe thunderstorms.
153 people were killed June 30 when a Yemenia Airlines passenger jet crashed into the Indian Ocean. That plane was traveling from Yemen to the Comoros Islands.
Deadliest Summer for Air TravelThe worst disaster in aviation history occurred in March 1977 when 2 airlines crashed in the Canary Islands. The two planes that crashed were among the largest passenger jets made, both Boeing 747 jumbo jets. 583
people were killed