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Iranian plane hits building materials on runway at Dubai airport

Dubai, June 26, IRNA-An Iranian passenger plane sustained minor damage after hitting construction materials on a runway as it was about to land at Dubai's international airport on Sunday, but there were no casualties, it was announced in Dubai on Monday.

The Russian-designed Tupolev 154M was arriving in Dubai, UAE, from the western Iranian city of Tabriz.

The plane, which is owned by Kish Airlines and was carrying 91 passengers including crew, was directed onto a runway that was being upgraded, Dubai authorities said, adding that it sustained damage in one of its wings and in its tires.

The accident caused fuel to leak from the aircraft, but emergency teams were able to prevent a fire or an explosion from breaking out.

All the 91 people on board the plane disembarked safely, the UAE's civil aviation authorities said.

The UAE Civil Aviation Organization initially reported the accident as having been caused by "human error" but has ordered creation of a special committee to investigate the precise cause of the accident.

The Dubai airport, which operates some 550 flights a day, is one of the busiest in the world and is undergoing an expansion project, including upgrading of one of its two runways.

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