Iran's Passenger Plane Makes Emergency Landing: Report
    2009-08-03 22:52:34     Xinhua      Web Editor: Xu Liuliu
 
A passenger plane belonging to Iran' s army airlines, Saha, made an emergency landing at Ahvaz airport Monday morning, the official IRNA news agency reported.

A spokesman for Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, Reza Ja' farzadeh, said a Boeing 707 left southeastern city of Ahvaz for Tehran Monday morning, but ten minutes after its taking off it made an emergency landing at Ahvaz airport due to technical failure, the report said.

"All 176 passengers on board are safe," Ja'farzadeh was quoted as saying.

On Thursday, Iran's Civil Aviation Organization canceled some of the domestic flights to (Iranian cities of) Ahvaz, Isfahan, Shiraz, Bojnoord and Mahshahr due to "bad weather condition."

Earlier last week, a Russian-made Ilyushin Il-62 plane, which was traveling from Tehran to northeastern city of Mashhad with 153 passengers on board, caught fire and skidded into walls near the runway during its landing in Mashhad.

During the incident, 16 people were killed and around 30 others on board were injured.

On July 15, a Caspian Airlines Topolov plane crashed near the northwestern city of Qazvin, killing all 168 people on board.

The cause of the disaster was unclear so far, but officials have attributed the incident to technical problems of the plane.

On Tuesday, Iran's parliament urged the ban on the purchase of Russian-made passenger planes, asking the government to avoid purchasing timeworn Russian-made planes.
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