Accident: Iran Air Boeing 727 crashes near Urumiyeh

An Iran Air Boeing 727 passenger jet was damaged beyond repair in an accident about 8 km from Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH), Iran. About seventy occupants were reportedly killed.

Iran Air flight IR277 departed Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR) at 18:15 on a domestic flight to Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH). The flight was delayed over two hours due to severe weather at the destination.

There were 93 passengers and twelve crew members on board. The Deputy Minister of Roads and Transportation indicated that the accident occurred during a forced landing outside the airport. A spokesperson from the Red Crescent organisation said 70 people were killed in the accident.

Update Jan 10, 05:20 UTC: Latest media reports indicate that 77 people were killed, 26 people were injured and two missing.

Update Jan 10, 20:25 UTC: Latest media reports (IRAN) confirm that 77 people were killed.

Weather reported about the time of the accident (16:15 UTC / 19:45 local) was:

OITR 091600Z 26004KT 0800 SN SCT015 SCT020 OVC060 00/00 Q1016=

This METAR report from 16:00 UTC indicates:

  • Wind 260 degrees at 4 knots
  • Visibility 800 m in snow
  • Scattered clouds 1,500 ft
  • Scattered clouds 2,000 ft.
  • Overcast 6,000 ft.
  • Temperature 0°C
  • Dew point 0°C
  • Pressure 1016 hPa

According to local aviation sources in Iran, the airplane involved in the accident was EP-IRP. This has not yet been confirmed by CAO officials. EP-IRP is a Boeing 727-286 that was delivered to the airline in 1974.

Update Jan 10, 20:25 UTC: The registration has been confirmed based on photographs of the accident scene

According to Aviation Safety Network data, this accident is the 10th worst accident in Iran.  The previous fatal accident involving a Boeing 727 on a passenger service, happened about six years ago, in December 2003.

More information:

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20110109-0

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