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Accident description
Last updated: 18 November 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 9 January 2011
Time:ca 19:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-286
Operator:Iran Air
Registration: EP-IRP
C/n / msn: 20945/1048
First flight: 1974-06-12 (36 years 7 months)
Total airframe hrs:9019
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 70 / Occupants: 96
Total:Fatalities: 78 / Occupants: 105
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 km (5 mls) from Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH) (   Iran)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Iran
Destination airport:Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH/OITR), Iran
Flightnumber: 277
Narrative:
An Iran Air Boeing 727 passenger jet was damaged beyond repair in an accident about 8 km from Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH), Iran. There were 96 passengers and nine crew members on board. The airplane operated on flight IR277 from Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR) to Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH). It left Tehran at 18:15, after a delay of over two hours due to severe weather at the destination.

Probable Cause:

The effect of a combination of bad weather and cockpit crews' failure to deal with the situation is the major cause of the accident.

Contributing factors:
- The old technology of aircraft systems
- Absence of a suitable simulator for adverse weather conditions
- Failure to correctly execute the operating instructions for go around
- Inadequate cockpit management (CRM)

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB Iran
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» IRNA, FARS

METAR Weather report:
16:00 UTC / 19:30 local time:
OITR 091600Z 26004KT 0800 SN SCT015 SCT020 OVC060 00/00 Q1016=
Wind 260 degrees at 4 knots; Visibility 800 m in snow; scattered clouds 1,500 ft; scattered clouds 2,000 ft.; overcast 6,000 ft.; Temperature 0C; Dew point 0C; 1016 hPa


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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 Tehran-Mehrabad Airport to Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport as the crow flies is 595 km (372 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networks 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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