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Iranian passenger plane makes emergency landing in Kuwait

Kuwait, May 23, IRNA -- An Iranian passenger plane, bound for the central city of Isfahan, made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff from an airport here.

Mohammad Soltani, the head of the flag carrier Iran Air office in Kuwait, said the aircraft was forced to turn around 15 minutes after takeoff when the pilot noticed a technical problem in one of its engines.

The plane landed with no incident, he said, adding no one was either injured.

The passengers were helped to safely get off through emergency exits, before being flown on another flight to Isfahan, Soltani said.

The aircraft also flew to Iran for further checks after the technical failure was removed.

Some 120 passengers on an Iran Air flight were lucky to escape with their lives in January when their flight made in emergency landing in Beijing shortly after takeoff.

Iran Air fleet mainly comprises Boeing aircraft, bought before the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

But Iran has found it hard to buy spare parts due to the unilateral US embargo, imposed after the revolution.

This has forced the country to supplement its aging air fleet with planes leased or bought from the former Soviet Union, entailing in a string of fatal accidents as a result.

An Iranian air force Il-76 crashed into mountains in Iran last year killing all 302 passengers and crew.

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