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German, Iranian experts probe Mahan Airliner emergency landing

Berlin, Oct 6, IRNA-German and Iranian aviation experts are investigating the reasons for emergency landing of Mahan Air flight at Cologne-Bonn Airport on Thursday morning.

"The emergency landing took place after the pilot noticed that two of his right-side rear tires were defect," an official at Mahan Air's German company headquarters in Cologne told IRNA.

"Two aircraft tires were defect and the pilot was aware before landing that both of them were in fact defect."

"A technicians' team comprised of Lufthansa and Mahan Air flight engineers, are currently investigating the cause of the defect tires. It will take some time to find out the exact causes for the defect tires," the official added.

She confirmed earlier news reports that all stranded Mahan Air passengers at Bonn-Cologne Airport were transferred by busses to their original point of flight destination which was Duesseldorf.

The Mahan Air Airbus A300, carrying 136 passengers, was on its way from Teheran to Duesseldorf when it had to make an emergency landing at Cologne-Bonn Airport on 9:38 a.m., a spokeswoman for the Cologne-Bonn Airport was quoted as saying.

The pilot decided to land at Cologne-Bonn Airport instead of Duesseldorf Airport because its runways are longer, the spokesperson added.

Air traffic at Cologne-Bonn Airport came to a complete halt for two hours as a result the Iranian plane's emergency landing.

Mahan Air has five weekly round-trip flights between Tehran and Duesseldorf.

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