Iranian Regulator Grounds Aseman’s ATR Fleet

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The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran has grounded Iran Aseman Airlines’s entire fleet of Avions de Transport Régional turboprops in the wake of the crash of ATR72-200 EP-ATS on Sunday, February 18, near Semirom, in southern Iran, which killed all 66 passengers and crew onboard.

The regulator said in a statement last week the measure was precautionary and would allow it to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the causes of the crash.

Iran Aseman Airlines operates two ATR72-200s (averaging 24.8 years of age) and two ATR72-500s (averaging 17.3 years of age). They are used to run domestic sectors across Iran focussing on connectivity to Tehran Mehrabad and Shiraz.