Iranian plane crash: both black boxes found
The plane went down only meters away from a densely populated area (Atta Kenare/ AFP).
Iran´s Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development Ahmad Majidi said on Sunday that “Both black boxes of Iran-140 airplane of Hesa Co. (Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company) were found in search operations”.
He added that investigation committees would examine the black boxes to determine the main cause of the incident.
Meanwhile, the General Inspectorate Organization of Iran has commissioned a special committee to follow up on the crash.
The Iranian passenger plane crashed on Sunday moments after takeoff from the International Mehrabad Airport.
Thirty-seven people lost their lives on the spot while two others were died in a Tehran hospital. Nine others have suffered serious burns with several in critical condition.
The Antonov An-140, a turboprop regional airliner operated by Sepahan Air, was traveling from Tehran to the northeastern desert city of Tabas. Forty-eight people, among them several children, were on board the plane when it smashed into the ground and burst into flames upon impact.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on Sunday expressed their profound condolences over the tragic plane crash.
The Iranian president also urged Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi to prepare a thorough report on the incident.