Published: Mon, January 27, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran plane ends up on highway after pilot 'misses' runway

Iran plane ends up on highway after pilot 'misses' runway

A passenger plane skidded on to a highway on landing at an airport in south-west Iran, Iranian state media has reported.

Speaking in Farsi, a passenger is heard saying: "We crashed".

The incident that occurred in Mahshahr city, southwestern Khuzestan province, follows the shooting down of a Ukraine International Airlines flight on Iranian soil with 176 people on board.

It seems that tragedy was narrowly avoided, however, as images from the scene showed the plane had ground to a halt not far from a populated area.

State TV said the pilot "landed the aircraft too late and this caused him to miss the runway", according to BBC.

Iranian state tv claimed the airplane entailed in Monday's crash-landing came in more hard than common as well as shed its touchdown equipment as it struck the tarmac.

6936 with 135 passengers had left Tehran for Mahshahr on early Monday morning.

Iran airliner overshoots runway, stops on highway

The McDonnell Douglas MD-83, a single-aisle workhorse introduced in the mid-1980s, has been largely phased out of commercial air travel in the West.

The plane made an emergency landing-on a busy street in Iran!

The cause of incident is under investigation, the police chief said.

The MD-83 is a twinjet and accommodates up to 180 passengers.

The UNITED STATE Treasury in 2014 independently approved Caspian Airlines, implicating it of transferring paramilitary soldiers as well as tools of the Guard from Iran to Syria to sustain embattled President Bashar Assad in his nation's grinding, years-long battle.

Iran has suffered a series of major aviation disasters in recent decades as its fleet aged.

In 2019, 66 people were killed in an Aseman Airlines passenger plane en route from Tehran to Yasuj.

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