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Aviation crash: crash of ATR 72-200 Iran Aseman Airlines on EP3704 flight
In the morning of this day, the ATR 72-200 (EP-ATS) Iran Aseman Airlines, on the EP3704 flight, crashed at 50 minutes after taking off from Tehran.
Update 20: 20 18.02.2018: A team of 200 people are looking for the wreck of the plane. The area is difficult to access due to severe weather conditions and has not been found so far. There were 66 people on board, and the authorities did not expect to find survivors.
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The last radio contact took place at local time 09: 22, when the aircraft was over Isfahan (IFN) VOR. Approval was requested to descend from FL210 to FL170. This was approved by Tehran ACC. The last radar contact was at 09: 25: 59, when the flight had just adjusted the altitude to FL170.
Update 13: 08 18 February 2018: Iranian authorities are looking for the wreck of the plane, but access is hampered by rough terrain. The area is flown over by helicopters, but due to adverse weather conditions they cannot land.
Authorities reported that 60 passengers, 4 crew members and 2 security agents were on board.
This morning, the Iranian press reported a plane crash. It's about the crash of the aircraft ATR 72-200 (EP-ATS) Iran Aseman Airlines, which operates flight EP3704 on the route Tehran Mehrabad - Yasuj.
The collapse of an ATR 72-200 Iran Aseman Airlines
The plane disappeared from the radar at 50 minutes after taking off from Tehran, in the Dena mountain region. The international press announces that there were 64 people on board. Specifically, 60 passengers and 4 crew members.
The airline also made the first statements on Iranian television, confirming the disappearance of the aircraft on the radar in the Dena mountain region. Weather conditions at the crash site include snow and strong winds, impeding search and rescue services.
The ATR 72-200 (EP-ATS) Iran Aseman Airlines aircraft was 24,4 years old and was powered by 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127 engines.