Iran Air Flight 291

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Iran Air Flight 291
Boeing 727-86, Iran Air AN2176292.jpg
An Iran Air Boeing 727-100, similar to the one involved.
DateJanuary 21, 1980 (1980-01-21)
SummaryInoperable ILS and ground radar
SiteAlborz Mountains, Iran
35°44′N 51°25′E / 35.733°N 51.417°E / 35.733; 51.417Coordinates: 35°44′N 51°25′E / 35.733°N 51.417°E / 35.733; 51.417
Aircraft typeBoeing 727-86
OperatorIran Air
Flight originMashhad Airport (MHD/OIMM), Iran
DestinationTehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Iran

Iran Air Flight 291 was a flight that crash landed on January 21, 1980. The flight, carried on a Boeing 727-86, was making a flight from Mashad Airport to Tehran-Mehrabad Airport in Iran. At 19:11 local time, the plane crashed into the Alborz Mountains, 29 kilometres (18 mi) north of Tehran, during its approach to Tehran-Mehrabad runway 29 in foggy and snowy weather conditions.[1] All 8 crew members and 120 passengers died in the incident, and the plane was destroyed.[2] At the time, Iran Air Flight 291 was the deadliest aircraft disaster in Iranian history.

Investigators concluded that the probable cause of the crash was believed to be an inoperable instrument landing system and ground radar.[1] The head of Iran's Civil Aviation Authority and five other officials were charged with manslaughter[3] as a result of the crash of Flight 291.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network
  2. 128 feared dead in Iran Air Crash[permanent dead link]
  3. Gero, David (1996). Aviation Disasters Second Edition. Patrick Stephens Limited. p. 161.