Iran moves to ban Russian planes after 184 die in two air crashes
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Iran moves to ban Russian planes after 184 die in two air crashes

28 Jul, 05:33 PM

The Iranian parliament has asked the government to avoid purchasing timeworn Russian-made passenger planes, after two air crash incidents shocked the country in recent days, an official at the transportation ministry Tuesday told a state news agency.

"The MPs reiterated in the meeting that the government can import new models of Russian-made planes only if these planes enjoy high quality and security standards," Deputy Transportation Minister Ahmad Majidi told FNA News referring to the Monday parliamentary meeting.

During the meeting, the legislators stressed the need for a rigid observation of aviation standards, employment of the best and most professional specialists and avoidance of the import of timeworn Russian-made airplanes.

At the meeting, Iranian Aviation Organization officials and the transportation minister presented a report on the two recent air incidents in Iran, which together claimed 184 lives.

The first incident happened when a Tupolev-154M crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran en route to the Armenian capital of Yerevan on July 15, killing all 168 passengers onboard.

Ten days later, 16 people were killed and 21 others were injured when an Aria Air Il-62M crash-landed in the northeastern city of Mashhad.

Tags: aircrafts, accidents, crashes, Iran



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