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Last updated: 22 March 2019
Date:Wednesday 20 April 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-3J9C
Operator:Saha Air
Registration: EP-SHE
C/n / msn: 21127/915
First flight: 1976
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 157
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 169
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR) (   Iran)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kish Island Airport (KIH/OIBK), Iran
Destination airport:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Iran
Flightnumber: 171
After touchdown on runway 29L problems with the undercarriage (failure of a landing gear or tyre burst) caused the Boeing 707 to slide off the runway into the Kan River. Three passengers were killed after they fell in the river during the evacuation.

Runway excursion

» CAO Iran
» Khaleej Times
» Reuters


photo of Boeing 707-3J9C EP-SHE
photo of Boeing 707-3J9C EP-SHE
photo of Boeing 707-3J9C EP-SHE
photo of Boeing 707-3J9C 5-8311
5-8311 was later re-registered EP-SHE and started operating passenger flights for Saha Air.
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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 Kish Island Airport to Tehran-Mehrabad Airport as the crow flies is 1043 km (652 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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