Adding up in the record of several aviation accidents past years in Iran, another distressing plane crash took place on Sunday which feared the death of all sixty passengers along with pilot and co-pilot, two security guard and two flight attendants.
The ATR 72-500 twin-engine came down on Zagros mountains on Sunday. It was travelling from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj. It is an Asemese Airlines passenger palne.
The rescue work was put on a halt as heavy winds and snow cover swept the spot area.
The flight took off from Tehran at 4:30 GMT and within an hour it was out of the reach from the monitoring station. Later on, news came that it was crashed down on Dena mountains, near the city of Semirom in Ishfahan Province.
Iran’s civil aviation confirmed that the plane was 25 years old.
Broadcaster IRIB announced, “With the wind intensifying, and with the snow, rain and darkness, it is not possible for the rescue and relief teams to reach high altitudes and the search operation has been postponed until tomorrow”.
They added, “five helicopters are on alert to resume the search at dawn if the weather conditions are better”.
Confirming the deaths of all on-board initially, Aseman Airline later said, “given the special circumstances of the region, we still have no access to the spot of the region and the crash, therefore we cannot accurately and definitely confirm the death of all the passengers of this plane”.
Disheartened relatives of the passengers waited eagerly for any news outside at a mosque near Tehran’s Mehrabad airport.
A lucky man by displaying his ticket said, “God has been really kind to me, but I am so sad from the bottom of my heart for all those dear ones who lost their lives”.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenenia, Iran’s supreme leader conveys deep sympathy for all the relatives of the unfortunate.