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August 5, 2009

Fourth in-flight emergency for Iran plane in three weeks

Now it’s up to four.
On Monday, we reported on the Saha Air Boeing 707 that had to declare an emergency soon after taking off.  More information has surfaced about that accident, via The Aviation Herald, which tracks aviation incidents:

The crew of a Saha Airlines Boeing 707-300, registration EP-SHK performing flight IRZ-124 from Ahvaz to Tehran (Iran) with 174 passengers, declared emergency reporting engines #1 and #2 (left outboard and inboard engines) on fire immediately after liftoff. The airplane left engine parts behind on the departure runway. The crew managed to extinguish the fires and landed safely back to Ahvaz’s only runway 10 minutes after liftoff. No injuries occured.
Emergency services discovered fuel leaking from the airplane after landing. The airport had to be closed.

That emergency followed two plane crashes in the previous two weeks in Iran that left at least 185 dead.
Now today, reports are coming in about yet another emergency landing, this time a Kish Air flight to Tehran on a Dutch-made Fokker 100.
According to Tabnak news, flight 1028 of Kish Air had to make an emergency landing at Mashahr airport because the wheels would not retract.  The plane could not be repaired in Mashahr and therefore the fight to Tehran was cancelled.

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