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Accident description
Last updated: 23 February 2018
Date:Thursday 17 May 2001
Time:ca 07:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40
Operator:Faraz Qeshm Airlines
Registration: EP-TQP
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: 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
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.
It was later found to have crashed in a forested area in the Alborz mountain range.

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photo of Yakovlev Yak-40 EP-DAZ
EP-DAZ returned to Armenian Airlines after a lease to Pariz Air before moving to Faraz Qeshm Airlines as EP-TQP in 2000
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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 Gorgan Airport as the crow flies is 306 km (191 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 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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