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Airlines warned about lax flight safety

Jul 26, 2009

A senior Iranian aviation official has warned airlines lax about flight safety measures against tough action and possible license revocations.

"Aviation companies with the slightest permissive conduct are subject to punitive measures," acting Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) chief Mohammad Ali Ilkhani was quoted by Mehr News Agency as saying.

He added that Aria Air's flight license had been revoked after one of its passenger planes crashed as it was attempting to make an emergency landing at the destination on Friday but skidded off the runaway and hit an electricity pylon.

The aircraft, an Ilyushin Il-62 jet, had 160 passengers and crewmembers onboard. Sixteen passengers -13 crewmembers and three passengers - died in the crash and 31 others were injured.

"The airline's flight license was also revoked several years ago as its fleet was outdated, but the company resumed its activities in southern Iran under a new name after it purchased 50 Fokker air planes," he explained.

The official blamed high speed for the disaster, but said the reason for such high speed had not yet been made clear.

"Although the landing speed should not go beyond 165 miles per hour, the airplane was landing at a speed of 200 miles per hour."

The plane was registered in Kazakhstan and had been leased by Iran's Aria Air for charter flights.

The incident comes less than 10 days after another Iranian airliner, a Tupolev-154M, crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran en route to the Armenian capital of Yerevan on July 15, killing all 168 passengers onboard.

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