TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media are reporting the country’s aviation organization has temporarily banned flights of all ATR-72 aircraft after a deadly crash that killed 65.
The official IRNA news agency reports that Iran’s Aviation Organization said Aseman Airlines ATR72-200 and ATR72-500 flights will be banned until further notice.
The statement reads: “In order to make sure of the improvement of this type of aircraft’s safety, it is necessary to stop their flights temporarily.”
An Aseman Airlines twin-engine turboprop ATR-72 used for short-distance regional flying went down Sunday in foggy weather. All on board Flight EP3704 were killed, including 59 passengers and six crew members.
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Under decades of international sanctions, Iran’s commercial passenger aircraft fleet has aged, with air accidents occurring regularly in recent years.