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ATR Fleet Temporarily Grounded After Crash

ATR Fleet Temporarily Grounded After CrashATR Fleet Temporarily Grounded After Crash

Aseman Airlines' fleet of ATR planes will be temporarily banned following a crash that killed 66 people last week, the Civil Aviation Organization has announced.   The decision to ground ATR 72-200 and ATR 72-500 flights has been made so that the necessary investigations can be carried out and the safety of this type of aircraft is tested and ensured, it wrote in a statement published on Friday, IRNA reported.  On February 18, a twin-engine turboprop ATR 72 operated by Aseman Airlines went down in a mountainous region of central Iran en route to the southwestern city of Yasuj. The cause of the incident is not known yet. The ATR 72, a French-Italian short-haul aircraft, was introduced in the late 1980s. The fleet of Aseman Airlines was delivered as of 1993.  Iran has suffered several plane crashes in the past few decades. US sanctions have long prevented the country from buying new aircraft or spare parts from the West. However, the nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers in 2015 has opened the way for Iranian airlines to update their creaking fleets.

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