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Ukrainian delegation in Iran to discuss building aircraft: report

A Ukrainian delegation flew to Iran Friday to discuss more construction of An-140 aircraft in the Islamic Republic despite last December setback for the aviation company in which 44 of its specialists were killed in an air crash during a similar trip, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The Itar-Tass news agency said that the delegation from the Kharkov aviation plant will meet with HESA company officials in the central city of Shahin-Shahr in Isfahan.

Ukraine and Iran signed a contract in 1995 for production of An-140 aircraft in Isfahan till 2020. The first An-140, assembled at HESA plant, made its maiden flight in March 2001.

However, the inauguration of the second assembled aircraft was marred by the crash of an Antonov into mountains in Shahin-Shahr as it wanted to land in the city.

The Antonov An-140 plane, which had taken off from Kharkov in Ukraine before refuelling in the Black Sea city of Trabzon in Turkey, crashed into Karkas ranges near the Khavas-e Tarash region in the Baqerabad village in Iran.

Human error and poor visibility were blamed for the crash. All those killed in the crash were officials of the Antonov company which produces the twin turbo-props with a range of 2,100 kilometers before refuelling.

Following the disaster, Tehran ruled out speculations that Iran and Ukraine had halted the project to build Antonovs.

... Payvand News - 4/12/03 ... --

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