French delegation in Tehran to determine cause of plane crash

IRNA –A seven-member French delegation arrived in Tehran late on Tuesday to cooperate in investigating the cause of ATR plane crash in central Iran that killed all passengers and crew members on board.

Director of Iran Civil Aviation Organization’s Public Relations Department Jafarzadeh said that based on the international standards, the country designing and manufacturing a plane can send a representative to participate in investigating the cause of a plane crash.

For the same reason, a team from the designer and manufacturer of the plane comprising three members of French government’s Committee on Investigating Incidents and four members from the factory producing the plane arrived in Tehran late on Tuesday.

Jafarzadeh also recalled that the engine of the plane which crashed in central Iran had been produced in Canada, which has voiced readiness to send counselors from the factory engaged in building the engine to Iran.

Operations to recover bodies of the victims started on Sunday and some 30 bodies have so far been found.

An ATR-72 plane carrying 60 passengers and six crew members operated by Aseman Airlines was flying to southwestern city of Yasouj on Sunday when it went down near the town of Semirom in Isfahan Province.

The short-haul passenger aircraft vanished from radar screens roughly 50 minutes after taking off from Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport and crashed into Mount Dena in the Zagros mountain range.