Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iran locates wreckage of crashed plane

Iran locates wreckage of crashed plane

The deputy governor of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province in southwestern Iran said that the wreckage of the aircraft, which crashed into the Dena mountain in the central Iranian province of Isfahan on Sunday, was found near Dengezlu city in the province.

"Helicopters are dropping off the rescue and relief teams in the nearest spot possible, as accessing the site of the crash is very hard", Ali Abedzadeh, head of the Civil Aviation Organisation, told state TV.

Flight EP3704 left Tehran at 04:30 GMT on Sunday, and crashed about an hour later on Dena Mountain, near the city of Semirom in Isfahan province. However, an aviation Spokesman said it has not been confirmed due to the "bad weather".

Following the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Iran signed agreements with both Airbus and Boeing to buy new planes.

The Aseman Airlines plane came down in the Zagros mountains in the west of the country and all 66 people on board are feared to have died.

Aseman now has a fleet of 36 planes - half of them 105-seat Dutch Fokker 100s.

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The search effort was initially delayed due to dense fog, high winds and snow that made it impossible for helicopters to get close to the crash site.

The plane's emergency locator transmitter was reportedly not functioning, helping to explain the difficulty in finding the wreckage. Apparently, the accident occurred because of bad weather.

Relatives of the plane's passengers have gathered at Tehran airport and Yasuj, its intended destination.

Back in October, the airlines mentioned the recently crashed plane, saying that though it had been "grounded" for seven years, and that it was being repaired and that it was to be operational. However, Pouranfard said that the teams have not yet recovered any form of debris or body from the crash site.

The US has maintained its own sanctions on Iran, which block nearly all trade with the country, but plane manufacturers were given a specific exemption under the nuclear deal. However, it doesn't fly to Europe, as it was banned for safety concerns.

However, Western analysts are skeptical that there is demand for so many jets or available financing for deals worth billions of dollars. National carrier IranAir has ordered 80 planes from Boeing and 100 from Airbus.

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