An Iranian passenger jet operated by Sepahan Air crashed Sunday morning after takeoff in a residential area near Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport.
Thirty nine people were killed and nine onboard were injured. The plane apparently was an ‘IrAn-140’ — a twin-engine turboprop that’s a variant of an Antonov An-140 assembled in Iran.
The flight was headed for the city of Tabas, about 580 miles southeast of Tehran. The plane suffered an engine failure and its tail struck an electricity tower before impact.
My thoughts are with the families of passengers, crew, and anyone injured on the ground — as well as with Sepahan Air.
Much information that comes out in the immediate aftermath of a disaster turns out to be wrong, so some of these details may change. It’s too early to identify a cause, although much of the reporting includes references to past Iranian air disasters, and to international sanctions against Iran that have damaged their economy and made it difficult to maintain aircraft.
I have no idea the extent to which any of those broader geopolitical issues are related to this incident. I think we should withhold making broad pronouncements of the sort, whatever one thinks of those issues, and for the meantime focus on the human tragedy and understanding the cause.
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