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Iran Air's friendly skies



19 January 2010 15:30

Flight Global reports that an Iranian jetliner ran off the runway in Stockholm after a burst of flame came from the left-hand engine. Amateur video below:

Iranian commercial aviation is subject to international sanctions, making it very difficult to get parts for its Airbus and Boeing jetliners, and making it impossible for Iran to buy new ones. That's why there are so many old aircraft in the fleet (which apparently makes Iran's airports havens for Western plane spotters) and why Iran imports new passenger aircraft from Russia and the Ukraine.

The second geopolitical angle here (well, trivia, really) is that the aircraft involved in this incident is from the same airline (Iran Air) and of the same type (Airbus A300) as was shot down by the USS Vincennes in 1983.

On the broad topic of Iranian aviation, here's some stunning footage (from April 2008?) of an Iranian Air Force Su-24 strike aircraft coming in to land at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport (which doubles as an air base). Clearly, not everything goes to plan, though you do see two chutes, suggesting the flight crew managed to eject. The best view of the incident is at the 2.30 mark:

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