Narrative:The Yak-40 departed Tehran at 06:45 for a flight to Gorgan where a new airport was to be opened. The aircraft carried Iranian Transport Minister Rahman Dadman, two deputy ministers, and seven members of parliament. Poor weather at Gorgan reportedly forced the crew to divert to Sari.
|Date:||Thursday 17 May 2001|
|Operator:||Faraz Qeshm Airlines|
|C/n / msn:|| 9740856|
|First flight:|| 1977|
|Total airframe hrs:||11156|
|Engines:|| 3 Ivchenko AI-25|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 25|
|Total:||Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||20 km (12.5 mls) S of Sari (Iran)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Iran|
|Destination airport:||Gorgan Airport (OING), Iran|
It was later found to have crashed in a forested area in the Alborz mountain range.
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EP-DAZ returned to Armenian Airlines after a lease to Pariz Air before moving to Faraz Qeshm Airlines as EP-TQP in 2000
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Tehran-Mehrabad Airport to Gorgan Airport as the crow flies is 306 km (191 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.