January 25: Following the crash-landing of a Taban Air Tupolev Tu-154M on January 24 at Mashhad Airport in Iran, the airline has had its Air Operator Certificate withdrawn by the Iranian government, reports ATW News.
In the incident, the aircraft’s tail reportedly broke apart leading to 46 passengers being injured, although fortunately there were no fatalities amongst the 170 on board.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, the flight had originated in Abadan Airport but diverted to Isfahan because of poor weather at Mashhad Airport, before continuing with the journey. RA-85787, the Tu-154M involved, was leased from Kolavia.
Taban Air’s website says that the airline was formed in 2004 and is “going to be a full member of IATA”. It had operated five Tu-154Ms and three BAe146s.