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Plane catches fire in Tehran, 100 passengers evacuated unhurt

Staff Writer | March 20, 2019
An airliner caught fire on landing at Tehran's Mehrabad airport on Tuesday but all 100 passengers were evacuated without injury, the head of Iran's emergency department said on state television.
Iran plane flame
Asia   The fire broke out after the aircraft's landing gear did not open properly
A video posted by the Islamic Republic News Agency showed flames and sparks shooting out from the back of the plane at the moment of landing.

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 pilot was unable to open the back wheels of the plane and circled the airport attempting to open all the wheels before landing the plane on its body, according to Fars news agency.

The plane was a Fokker 100 belonging to Iran Air, Fars reported. Other agency reports said it was flying from an Iranian island in the Gulf to the capital.


 

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