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Plane's landing accident in Tehran claims infant's life

Tehran, April 21, IRNA-SAHA passenger plane's Kish-Tehran flight had a bad landing at 11:15 Wednesday night, local Tehran time, in Mehrabad Airport, in which an infant lost his life and a large number of passengers were injured.

photo: ISNA

According to IRNA correspondent at the international airport, the incident occurred due to blowing off of one of the Boeing 707's tires while landing.

SAHA managing director told IRIB Channel 1 midnight news that the plane, with 157 passengers, had "due to a still unknown reason" fallen into a ditch in Kan River while touching down and one of the passengers' infants fell into the river while the passengers were being evacuated through one of the plane's emergency exits.

photo: ISNA

According to eye witnesses at the scene of the incidence, the plain's tail caught fire due to fraction with the runway after its front tire blew off while landing.

It is also said that the 707 had detoured from the runway and was being dragged toward Kan River, where its turbulent movement due to its bad landing finally halted.

The child, who got killed in the incident actually fell into the river while the emergency evacuation process was carried.

photo: ISNA

The initial report based on eye witnesses also reiterates that the emergency facilities of the plane including the air cushion slides for emergency exit none functioned properly and that was why the horrified passengers had to jump out relying on their own skills, which led to many of them breaking their limbs.

It is also said that the plane's attendants left the plane before the passengers.

most of the injured passengers were transferred to hospitals in ambulances by the time this news item was being dispatched.

Some foreign news agencies have also quoted eyewitnesses as having seen the right engine of the plane catching fire while landing.

meanwhile some of the passengers complain that the plane's take off in Kish, too was quite a harsh one, with more turbulence than a normal take off.

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