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Ukraine to put out fourth An-140 jetliner as Iran says plane crash due to human error

Kiev, Jan 3, IRNA -- No adjustments will be made in the operation of the Kharkov aircraft factory in connection with the land-crash of an An-140 airliner in Iran, said on Friday factory managing director Pavel Naumenko.

According to the director, the transfer of the fourth plane An-140 to the Odesskie Avialinii air company is planned for late January.

Speaking in an interview with reporters, Naumenko noted that the transfer of this jetliner had been planned on December 27, 2002, but was shifted on in connection with the air disaster of the An-140 in Iran and will be held after the commission completes its investigation of the tragedy.

He also reported that the An-140 would be put on display this year at air shows in India and Australia.

The first serial aircraft An-140 was transferred to Odesskie Aivalinii on leasing conditions and has been working there from March 2002. The second and third serial airliners were transferred to the Aeromost-Kharkov company in August 2002.

On December 23, the Ukrainian airliner An-140 rammed into a mountain when it was about to land at the airport in the Iranian city of Isfahan.

It carried leading aircraft specialists of Ukraine and Russia to test the second plane Iran-140 (prototype of An-140 manufactured in Iran). As many as 44 people died as a result of the disaster.

Ruhoddin Abutalebi, director of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, said a few days ago that the plan crashed due to the pilot's error.

Rescuers have found two flight recorders containing data on the plane's speed, direction of flight, altitude and engine condition, and information will be scrutinized in Ukraine, Abutalebi said.

He denied media reports that the plane had crashed because the airspace near Isfahan had been jammed with flights and the air controllers had made errors.

The plane had taken off hours earlier from the airdrome of Kharkov State Aircraft Building Enterprise and was taking to Iran a group of leading Ukrainian and Russian aviation experts, engaged in project of Iran-140 jet -- an Iranian version of the Antonov-140 machine.

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