1993 Tehran mid-air collision

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Iran Air Tours EP-ITD
Iranian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24
Accident summary
Date February 8, 1993
Summary Mid-air collision
Site Shahr-e Qods, Tehran Province, Iran
Total fatalities 133 (all)
Total survivors 0
First aircraft

A Iran Air Tours Tu-154M
Type Tupolev Tu-154M
Operator Iran Air Tours
Registration EP-ITD
Flight origin Mehrabad International Airport
Destination Mashhad International Airport
Passengers 119
Crew 12
Survivors 0
Second aircraft

A IRIAF Su-24
Type Sukhoi Su-24
Operator Iranian Air Force
Registration Unknown
Destination Mehrabad International Airport
Crew 2
Fatalities 2
Survivors 0

The 1993 Tehran mid-air collision occurred just outside the Iranian capital city of Tehran on Monday, February 8, 1993, killing all 133 people on board both aircraft involved—an Iran Air Tours Tupolev Tu-154M, registered EP-ITD, and an Iranian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft.[1] At the time, the collision was the deadliest aircraft accident on Iranian soil, and is currently the third-deadliest behind Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 and the 2003 Iran Ilyushin Il-76 crash.[citation needed]

On that day, EP-ITD, loaded with 119 passengers and 12 crew, lifted off from runway 29R at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport on a non-scheduled domestic flight to Mashhad International Airport in Mashhad. Simultaneously, the IAF Su-24, piloted by a crew of two, was on approach to Mehrabad's runway 29L. At about 14:16 IRST, the two aircraft collided in mid-air and crashed in the town of Shahr-e Qods, about 9.4 miles from Mehrabad. All 131 people aboard the Iran Air Tours airliner and both military pilots died.[1][2]

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