Source: Tehran Times
Iranian Captain Hooshang Shahbazi, who landed an Iran Air Boeing 727 plane without its front landing gear at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport on October 18, has launched an international campaign to condemn sanctions imposed upon the sale of civilian aircraft and spare parts to Iran.
Those interested can leave their signature on this petition, which is aimed at lifting all such sanctions, at: capt-shahbazi.com.
Iran has added 25 passenger planes to its national fleet since the merger of roads and transportation ministry with housing ministry in June, the roads and urban development minister said.
Ali Nikzad told the Mehr news agency that the private sector has bought 25 new planes for domestic airlines.
Iran is in talks with Russia to buy a number of short-range 100-seat passenger planes, the ISNA news agency quoted Nikzad as saying.
Iran will add 20 new passenger planes to the national fleet by the next few months, head of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran, Reza Nakhjavani, said on December 12.
Russia has proposed Iran for buying the planes, the minister said, adding that the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran should approve buying the planes.
Iranian civilian plane crashes have increased by five times since the 1980s, and since 2001, 15 major civilian planes have crashed. Seven of these planes were American Boeing jets and Lockheed C-130s, arguably the safest aircrafts available. Yet, they have frequently crashed due to "mechanical failures."
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