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Iran gives a week to airlines to ban Tupolev flights

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :8911-16123

TEHRAN (ISNA) - Iranian airlines have only less than one week to stop flying Russian-built Tupolev-154 following ultimatum of Head of Iranian Civil Aviation Organization Reza Nakhjavani.

Tupolev jets were in service of Soviet airlines and then Russia's before being sold to countries such as Iran, China, and Central Asian states.

The biggest Russian airlines ended flights with its Tupolev-154 jets and replaced them with western built fleets.

Now it is Iran's turn to replace these aging aircrafts following the ultimatum given 6 months ago.

The scenario to omit the Russian Tupolev from Iranian air fleet was discussed after a Tupolev-154 belonging to Iranian Caspian airline collapsed in central city of Qazvin which led to death of 168 of the passengers and crews onboard.

"According to the latest investigation results on the incident of Caspian airline aircraft, we found out there were some problems in the engine of the craft and informed the Russian company of it," Reza Nakhjavani said.

The crashes continued when a Tupolev-154 belonging to the polish airline fell down near an airport in Russia because of thick fog and Polish President as well as some high-ranking officials were killed in the accident.

While the charter Tupolevs were out in the due time in Iran, a six time period was suggested to national airlines for dismissal of owned Tupolevs as well.

The due period was extended one more month by Nakhjavani who said that the national airline companies have to ban their flights by Tupolev by February 19.

In the recent seven years more than 3400 have been killed in the plane crashes in all over the world, 800 of whom were Iranians.

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