747 plane en­gine snaps off dur­ing Iran flight

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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