TEHRAN: An aeroplane made an emergency touchdown on the Iranian capital’s Mehrabad Worldwide Airport Tuesday night time because it caught hearth on the runway, worldwide media reported, however there have been no casualties.
In keeping with Iran’s state media, all 100 passengers remained secure and received off the plane. Nobody was injured, it stated.
A video posted by the Islamic Republic Information Company confirmed flames and sparks capturing out from the again of the airplane for the time being of touchdown.
The airplane was a Fokker 100 belonging to Iran Air. Different company reviews stated it was flying from an Iranian island within the Gulf to the capital.
The hearth broke out after the plane’s touchdown gear didn’t open correctly, and was later introduced beneath management, emergency division head Pir-Hossein Kolivand stated.
Emergency companies and ambulances had been dispatched to the positioning.
The pilot was unable to open the again wheels of the airplane and circled the airport, trying to open all of the wheels earlier than touchdown the airplane on its physique, in keeping with Fars information company.
IRIB information company quoted Reza Jafarzadeh, the pinnacle of public relations at Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation as saying the airplane had 24 passengers and 9 crew. It didn’t give any rationalization for the discrepancy within the figures.
Iran has suffered a string of airplane and helicopter crashes over the previous few a long time. Tehran says US sanctions have lengthy prevented it from shopping for new plane or spare components from the West to modernise its fleet.