747 plane engine snaps off during Iran flight
An engine of a Boeing 747 operated by Iran’s Mahan Air detached from the plane Thursday shortly after takeoff from Tehran, causing terror among passengers but no injuries, local media reported.
The 747, with 300 passengers on board, was on a flight from the capital’s Mehrabad airport to Bandar Abbas in southern Iran when one of its engines crashed into a nearby field, forcing the jumbo to return and make an emergency landing.
Iranian media and social networks carried pictures of the crashed engine.
Iran desperately wants to upgrade its ageing fleet of 140 operating aircraft, hamstrung by nuclearrelated and other sanctions which have also made spare parts difficult to source.