Photo: Same aircraft few weeks ago at the same airport
The Aseman Airlines flight 3705 that crashed in a foggy mountainous region of Iran on Sunday had mid air technical problems few weeks ago.. reported local news agency. The airline has dismissed the possibility of technical failure and blame it on severe weather conditions in the region.
The ATR 72, flight 3705 disappeared from the radar screen about 50 minutes into flight, crashed killing all 65 onboard including a child, and 6 crew members. The last conversation over IFN was at 9:22 AM, crew requested descend to FL170 and then everything went silent.
The plane, had been grounded for years due to lack of parts and rejoined the airline’s fleet last year November after undergoing repairs for 7 years.
“Basically it’s a failure of navigation. An airplane hitting mountains in clouds is like a ship hitting rocks,” aviation safety specialist David Learmount told Al Jazeera.
Iran says that decades of international sanctions had crippled its services and all of the Iran’s commercial aircraft are aged and reported several accidents that killed 1,985 people since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Iran made $44 bn deals with Airbus and Boeing to buy new planes following the 2015 nuclear agreement which lifted sanctions. However any deal taking place should be approved by the US government.