Iran Air Flight 291
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Iran Air Flight 291 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Mashhad to Tehran in Iran. It was carried out by a Boeing 727 tri-jet. On the 21st of January, 1980, It was carrying 120 passengers and 8 crew. During the final approach to Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport, it crashed in foggy and snowy weather conditions. All of the 128 occupants of the aircraft perished in the crash. This was at that time, the deadliest air crash in Iran’s aviation history.
On that particular day, there had been disruptions in air traffic control services due to a strike, and even though they were resumed, the flight crew weren’t provided with sufficient instructions. The Instrument Landing System of the airport was also faulty, and the weather conditions did not help at all. The aircraft collided with the Alborz Mountains, north of Tehran. The head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority and five other officials were charged with manslaughter as a result of the crash of Flight 291.
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