July 24: An Ilyushin IL-62M belonging to Aria Air crashed on landing at Mashhad International Airport in Iran with the loss of 16 lives from the 153 people on board.
Flight 1525 was a scheduled Iranian domestic flight from Tehran-Mehrabad Airport to Mashhad and according to Aviation Safety Network landed at high speed, running off the runway and colliding with a wall located ‘more than 1,100 meters from the runway’. Three passengers and 13 crewmembers are reported to have perished in the accident, among which were Aria Air Managing Director Mahdi Dadpay and his son. The Tehran Times reports that the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation suspended the flight certification licence of Aria Air until the accident investigation has been completed.
The aircraft involved is thought to be UP-I6208, which entered service with Interflug on 1 June 1989 registered DDR-SEY. After a number of operators in Russia and Kazakhstan it was leased to Aria Air in March 2009.
This was the second fatal crash in Iran in ten days, following the loss of the Caspian Airlines Tu-154M on July 16.