Iranian rescue teams find site, wreckage from plane crash

News Agency family members of a plane crash victims weep in the village of Bideh at the area that the plane crashed southern Iran Sunday Feb. 18 2018. An Iranian commercial plane crashed Sunday in a foggy mount

The ATR-72 plane, which had been in service for 25 years, was developed and produced in France and Italy.

The Aseman Airlines flight from Tehran disappeared from radar screens on Sunday 50 minutes into its journey to the southwestern city of Yasuj.

"On a previous flight from Yasuj to Tehran in 2013 he had an issue where the second engine of the ATR72 went out", said the post.

Following the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Iran signed agreements with both Airbus and Boeing to buy new planes. The country has been unable to buy airplane parts for needed maintenance or upgrade its fleet.

In December, however, the Trump's administration was looking for ways to put an end to Iran acquiring USA -made commercial aircraft, and meant to block the planned sales. Dense fog, high winds and heavy snow in the Zagros Mountains made it impossible for rescue crews in helicopters to reach the site in the immediate aftermath, state television reported. Bad weather was hampering search efforts, however, in what are mountainous regions within the Zagros range.

Iran found the wreckage of the crashed Aseman Airlines ATR-72 plane on Monday and received condolences from Chinese, Russian leaders and United Nations for the victims of the incident and their families. Tabatabai said that after searching the area, the team learned that unfortunately, all the dear passengers had lost their lives.

News Agency a rescue helicopter flies over the Dena mountains while searching for wreckage of a plane that crashed on Sunday in southern Iran Monday Feb. 19 2018
Iranian rescue teams find site, wreckage from plane crash

Singapore President Halimah Yacob has written to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to convey her condolences on the crash, according to a statement on Tuesday from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to the spokesman, the Mount Dena where the plane crashed has a height of 4,400 meters and its last signal at 0555 GMT showed that it was positioned at 16,975 feet and descending and that the pilot of the airplane was in contact with the tower 14 miles from the airport.

Relatives of Iranian passengers, onboard the Aseman Airlines flight EP3704, react as they gather in front of a mosque near Tehran's Mehrabad airport on February 18, 2018.

The Iranian airliner's fleet is very old as it has been prevented from updating for years due to severe sanctions from the West. However, it doesn't fly to Europe, as it was banned for safety concerns.

The French-Italian manufacturer ATR also has a deal with Iran's flag carrier, Iran Air, for the delivery of 20 ATR 72-600 planes.

Back in October, the airlines mentioned the recently crashed plane, saying that though it had been "grounded" for seven years, and that it was being repaired and that it was to be operational.

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