Preliminary report issued on Iran Air A300 engine failure and runway excursion at Stockholm

January 23, 2011

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board SHK issued a preliminary report on a serious incident that occurred in January 2010 involving an Iran Air Airbus A300 which suffered a runway excursion during an aborted takeoff.

The aircraft involved, an Airbus A300-600 registered EP-IBB, had earlier the same day been operated from Tehran with flight number IRA 763, destination Stockholm/Arlanda. After a brief period on the ground, EP-IBB was planned to return to Tehran as flight number IRA 762. At the time of the incident there were 149 passengers and 23 crew on board the aircraft.
The performance calculations and other operational issues were performed by the pilots before departure. The aircraft take-off mass on departure had been calculated to 148.4 tonnes, and due to the runway conditions at the time decision was taken to use maximum engine power for the take-off. Before take-off the flaps were set to 8° and the slats to 15° by the pilots.
It was a rolling take-off from runway 19R at Stockholm/Arlanda. About 12 seconds after autothrottle for take-off had been initiated, the pilots heard a faint bang from the left side of the aircraft. Both throttles were retarded about one second after the bang, and at the same time the aircraft turned sharply to the left. The speed at that time was about 60 knots.
The pilots were unable to counter the turn, and the aircraft left the runway about 400 metres from the threshold of runway 19R. The time from the audible bang to the aircraft leaving the runway was about 8 seconds. The aircraft nose wheel dug into the ground and the aircraft stopped after powerful retardation about 50 metres from the edge of the runway.
Inspection at the incident site showed that a large number of small metal pieces were present in the exhaust part of the left engine and on the ground behind the aircraft.
Damage to the aircraft – apart from that to the left engine – was limited to the landing gear and aircraft external lights.
The passengers exited from the aircraft in the normal way, using external stairs. No personal injuries were sustained during the incident.

The investigation is continuing with a focus on metallurgical examinations in respect of the engine failure and further simulator tests, with the aim of investigating the conditions for symmetrical braking with different conditions being present in connection with engine failure.


Accident: Iran Air Boeing 727 crashes near Urumiyeh

January 9, 2011

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


EU blacklist updated with Blue Wings of Surinam and restrictions on Iran Air

July 6, 2010

The European Commission has updated the list of airlines banned in the European Union to include one carrier from Surinam and to expand the operating restrictions on Iran Air. In addition, two carriers from Indonesia have been removed from the list of banned airlines.

With this fourteenth update, the carrier Blue Wing Airlines from Surinam is included in the list of banned airlines following measures taken by a Member State as a consequence of a series of accidents suffered by this airline and serious deficiencies revealed during ramp inspections of its aircraft.

Based on the results of the visit to Iran, led by the Commission with the participation of experts from Member States and EASA to verify implementation by Iran Air of measures announced at the last Air Safety Committee in March 2010 by the civil aviation organisation of Iran and the air carrier, the Air Safety Committee unanimously supported the expansion of the operating restrictions imposed on Iran Air to exclude from operations into the EU its fleet of Airbus A-320 and of Boeing B-727 and B-747. The Commission will continue to closely monitor the performance of the airline through the results of ramp checks of its aircraft which can operate in the EU and will intensify its consultations with the civil aviation organisation of Iran to find sustainable solutions to the identified safety problems, where practicable through technical assistance.

With this update the Commission has also recognised the improvements in the oversight exercised by the competent authorities of Indonesia. These improvements allowed the Air Safety Committee to support the removal from the list of two Indonesian air carriers: Metro Batavia and Indonesia Air Asia.

In the same vein, the Commission welcomes the progress made by the civil aviation authority of Gabon in the implementation of the corrective action plan aimed at resolving the deficiencies identified by ICAO, and decided to allow air carrier Afrijet – which is permitted to operate under restrictions in the EU – to add another aircraft to its fleet used for such services.

In the framework of this update, the civil aviation authority of Albania is urged to intensify its oversight in relation to all carriers and continue to implement the action plan agreed with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), to give priority to those areas which raise safety concerns and to speed up its technical and administrative capacity building.

Today, the Community list has four carriers whose operations are fully banned in the European Union: Ariana Afghan Airlines from Afghanistan, Blue Wing Airlines from Surinam, Siem reap Airways International from Cambodia and Silverback Cargo Freighters from Rwanda. All carriers from 17 countries – 278 companies in total – are banned: Angola, Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon (with the exception of three carriers which operate under restrictions and conditions), Indonesia (with the exception of six carriers from which the restrictions have been fully removed), Kazakhstan (with the exception of one carrier which operates under restrictions and conditions), the Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Philippines, Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan, Swaziland and Zambia. There are 9 air carriers allowed to operate under restrictions and conditions: Air Koryo from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, TAAG Angola Airlines, Air Astana from Kazakhstan, Iran Air from Iran, Gabon Airlines, Afrijet and SN2AG from Gabon, Air Service Comores and Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines from Ukraine.


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