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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Sunday 24 January 2010
Time:07:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev 154M
Operating for:Taban Air
Leased from:Kolavia
Registration: RA-85787
C/n / msn: 93A971
First flight: 1993
Engines: 3 Soloviev D-30KU-154-II
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 157
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 170
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mashhad Airport (MHD) (   Iran)
Crash site elevation: 997 m (3271 feet) amsl
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Isfahan-Shahid Beheshti Airport (IFN/OIFM), Iran
Destination airport:Mashhad Airport (MHD/OIMM), Iran
Flightnumber:6437
Narrative:
A Tupolev 154M passenger plane, operated by Taban Air, was destroyed in an accident at Mashhad Airport (MHD), Iran. There were 157 passengers and 13 crew members on board. Some 46 passengers were injured.
Taban Air flight 6437 originated in Abadan Airport (ABD) and diverted to Isfahan (IFN) because of poor weather at Mashhad Airport (MHD). When weather conditions had improved, the flight left Isfahan at 05:35. En route the visibility deteriorated again, forcing the crew to enter a holding pattern.
While waiting for the fog to clear, one of the passengers became seriously ill. Despite the limited visibility, the captain declared a medical emergency and attempted to land at Mashhad. During the landing the tail struck the ground. The right wing also struck the ground as the airplane veered off the runway. The undercarriage collapsed and a fire erupted.

Weather reported about the time of the accident was:
OIMM 240330Z 00000KT 0300 FG VV003 02/02 Q1021 A3015=
OIMM 240400Z 00000KT 0200 FG VV002 02/02 Q1021 A3017=
OIMM 240350Z 00000KT 0200 FG VV002 02/02 Q1021 A3017=

Sources:
» FARS
» Tehran Times 28-12-2012
» aerospacetalk.ir


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
SEP 1993 RA-85787 Aeroflot manufactured
5 NOV 1993 RA-85787 Kolavia
2006 RA-85787 Taban Air leased

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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 Isfahan-Shahid Beheshti Airport to Mashhad Airport as the crow flies is 806 km (504 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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