TEHRAN: In yet another incident of plane accidents, an aircraft at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport caught fire on landing but all 100 passengers were evacuated without injury, Iran’s emergency department said on state television.
The fire broke out after the aircraft’s landing gear did not open properly, and was later brought under control, emergency department head Pir-Hossein Kolivand said.
The plane was a Fokker 100 belonging to Iran Air. Other agency reports said it was flying from an Iranian island in the Gulf to the capital.
IRIB news agency quoted Reza Jafarzadeh, the head of public relations at Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation as saying the plane had 24 passengers and nine crew. It did not give any explanation for the discrepancy in the figures.
Iran has suffered a string of plane and helicopter crashes over the past few decades.