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Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Sunday 10 August 2014
Time:09:21
Type:Silhouette image of generic A140 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
HESA IrAn-140-100
Operator:Sepahan Airlines
Registration: EP-GPA
C/n / msn: 9005
First flight: 2008
Total airframe hrs:1350
Engines: 2 Klimov TV3-117VMA-SBM1
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 40
Total:Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 48
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 3 km NNW of Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR) (   Iran)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Iran
Destination airport:Tabas Airport (TCX/OIMT), Iran
Flightnumber:5915
Narrative:
A HESA IrAn-140 passenger plane, operated by Sepahan Airlines, crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR), Iran. According to a statement by the Civil Aviation Organization (CAO), there were 40 passengers and 8 crew members on board. FARS news agency reported nine occupants survived.

The airplane took off from runway 29L at Mehrabad Airport. Instead of performing the left hand procedure turn after takeoff, the airplane banked right and lost altitude. It impacted the ground, broke up and burst into flames. Takeoff was accomplished with a tailwind component of approximately 6 knots, according to weather reports.
Officials reported that the right hand engine failed and that the airplane was overloaded for the prevailing temperature. A preliminary report quoted non-compliance with instructions for calculating the weight of cargo and passengers as a factor, along with the wrongly calculated VR speed.

The IrAn-140 is an Antonov 140 turboprop aircraft, built under license by HESA in Iran. Sepahan Air, which is a division of HESA, operated six IrAn-140's.

Sources:
» FARS 28-9-2014
» FARS

METAR Weather report:
04:30 UTC / 09:00 local time:
OIII 100430Z 06010KT CAVOK 35/M02 Q1013 A2992 NOSIG

05:00 UTC / 09:30 local time:
OIII 100500Z 07008KT 9999 FEW040 SCT100 36/M02 Q1013 A2992 NOSIG
Winds from 070 degrees at 8 knots; Visibility: 10+ km; Few clouds at 4000 feet, Scattered clouds at 10000 feet; Pressure: 1013mb; Temperature: 36°C; Dewpoint: -3°C


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Distance from Tehran-Mehrabad Airport to Tabas Airport as the crow flies is 554 km (346 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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