A Caspian Airlines MD-80 which took off from Tehran on Monday morning, destined for the city of Bandar-e Mahshahr in southwestern Khuzestan Province of Iran skidded off the runway upon landing and ended up in the middle of a busy city street.
Definitely not a good start into the year for aviation in Iran with the Ukraine International accident still lingering in the air and now another incident with this MD-80 skidding through the airport perimeter.
As CNN reported just now, the accident happened early morning today at 6:44am local time.
An Iranian passenger plane with 135 people on board has skidded off the runway and onto a road with its wheels still retracted — and, miraculously, no one was hurt.
Photos and videos from the scene on Monday in the Iranian city of Mahshahr show the Caspian Airlines plane grounded in the middle of the road, with traffic banked up and pedestrians on either side. The plane, lying flat on its belly, appears largely undamaged. …
All 135 people on board were unharmed and evacuated safely, reported semi-official news agency Fars, attributing a spokesman for Iran’s civil aviation agency, Reza Jafarzadeh.
Caspian Airlines Flight 6936 departed from the capital city, Tehran, early Monday and was set to land at Mahshahr Airport, in the country’s southwest, when it skidded onto Mahshahr-e-Ahwaz highway, according to Fars. …
Caspian Airlines is based in Tehran. Its last major accident was in 2009, when a commercial flight crashed outside the city of Qazvin in northwestern Iran. All 153 passengers and 15 crew members on board died, making it one of the deadliest aviation accidents in the country’s history.
When I read the name Caspian Airlines I vaguely remembered this accident from 2009 as it was around the time I visited Iran for the first time.
I was able to locate this video on Youtube showing the accident side from this morning:
A real miracle that nobody sustained injuries in this crash. The footage shows passengers leaving the aircraft on their own, essentially evacuating themselves while climbing over the wing and out the forward door. There is no uniformed staff visible on this clip.
Thankfully no casualties, this could have ended very badly for both passengers and crew as well as motorists and pedestrians in the public area outside the airports perimeter. Some passengers appear to receive assistance when leaving the plane but no injuries.
This MD-80 is more likely than not going into retirement now. It’ll take a lot of effort and expense to have the plane fixed up again if at all possible. Receiving spare parts for aircraft has been a problem Iran faced for decades due to embargo and sanction rules.