The crash-landed aircraft of Caspian Airlines is seen at the airport in Mahshahr today
Tehran: A Tehran-based flight of Caspian Airlines skidded off the runway into a street next to the airport in Mahshahr today after losing its landing gear in a hard landing. The airline was carrying 144 passengers; two suffered injuries.
The passengers calmly exited the plane from the front door and one over the wing, still with carry-on baggage in hand. Passengers were helped to the street below by people on the ground.
The incident comes as Iran is still coping with the aftermath of the accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner over Tehran. The plane was shot down by the Revolutionary Guard earlier this month amid heightened tensions with the United States, killing all 176 people aboard.
The aircraft involved in today’s incident, identified as McDonnell Douglas MD-83, came in harder than usual and lost its landing gear as it hit the tarmac. However, it was not immediately clear if it failed to deploy or somehow collapsed as the jet hit runway at about 9:30 am local time today.
Officials said that the accident is under investigation.