TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iran Civil Aviation Organization committee convened on Monday to probe into the crash of a Sepahan Airlines turboprop plane in which 39 people were killed.
The aircraft had 48 passengers and crew on board, of whom 39 have been pronounced dead so far.
On Monday morning, a meeting was held in Tehran to set up an inquiry into the fatal incident. Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhondi and a number of other relevant officials attended the session.
A 5-member fact-finding team is now tasked with submitting a report on the crash.
In the meantime, Head of Civil Aviation Organization Alireza Jahangirian has imposed a ban on the utility of An-140 planes in the country’s civil airports.
The ban, which took effect on Monday, follows a decree issued by President Hassan Rouhani.
Hours after the crash on Sunday, the president ordered the grounding of the entire fleet of the country’s Iran-140 planes.
According to Rouhani’s order, the ban will remain in place until full investigation is conducted into the cause of the crash.
The Antonov An-140 commercial passenger airplane is a twin-engine turbojet aircraft, which can accommodate up to 100 passengers.
After purchasing the production license for the An-140 from Ukraine in 2000, Iran built its first Iran-140 passenger plane in 2003.
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