Sepahan Airlines Flight 5915

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Sepahan Airlines Flight 5915
Antonov (HESA) An-140-100, HESA Airlines AN2221381.jpg
HESA IrAn-140 EP-GPB, similar to the plane involved in the accident
Crash summary
Date 10 August 2014 (2014-08-10)
Summary Crashed shortly after takeoff due to reported engine failure[1] for unknown reasons
Site Near Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Coordinates: 35°42′25.51″N 51°16′55.79″E / 35.7070861°N 51.2821639°E / 35.7070861; 51.2821639
Passengers 42
Crew 6
Fatalities 40
Injuries (non-fatal) 8
Survivors 8
Aircraft type HESA IrAn-140
Operator Sepahan Airlines
Registration EP-GPA
Flight origin Mehrabad International Airport
Destination Tabas Airport

Sepahan Airlines Flight 5915 (SPN 5915) was a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Tehran to Tabas, Iran. On 10 August 2014, the HESA IrAn-140 aircraft serving the flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Mehrabad International Airport, falling into a residential area near the Azadi Stadium.[2][3] Of the 42 passengers and six crew on board, 40 people died.[4]


The aircraft crashed into a residential block on Mina Glass Boulevard in western Tehran at 09:18 local time (04:48 UTC). The crash resulted in a fire erupting. IRNA, the Iranian state news agency, suggested that the aircraft suffered an engine failure.[5]

Passengers and crew[edit]

There were 42 passengers and a crew of six. Of the 42 passengers, 36 were adults and six were children.[6][4]


Fars News Agency quoted Mohammad Ilkhani, head of the Iran Airports Company as stating, "Failure of one of the plane's engines caused the plane to crash on the northern side of the Tehran-Karaj highway [Expressway]."[7] Survivors reported that the number two engine had stopped during the takeoff.[8] The pilots reportedly turned back four minutes after takeoff upon experiencing technical difficulties, but were unable to maintain altitude.[9] The Antonov An-140 (upon which the HESA IrAn-140 is based) is a relatively recent development, with knock-down kits being delivered for domestic Iranian assembly as recently as 2007.[10]

The final investigation reports:[4]

The accident investigation team determined that the main cause of this accident was combination of:
1. Electronic engine control (SAY-2000) failure simultaneously with engine No: 2 shutdown, just about 2 seconds before aircraft lift-off.
2. AFM Confusing performance chart resulted the pilots relying on performance calculation that, significantly over-estimate the aircraft MTOM.


  1. ^ "Failure of engine cause of Iran airliner's crash on August 10". Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dozens dead in plane crash at Tehran airport". Al Jazeera. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Agha Iqrar Haroon (10 August 2014). "Passenger plane crashed with 48 persons on board in Tehran". Dispatch News Desk. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Aircraft Accident Investigation Final Report" (PDF). 
  5. ^ Hradecky, Simon (10 August 2014). "Crash: Sepahan A140 at Tehran on Aug 10th 2014, lost height after takeoff". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "About 40 killed as airliner crashes near Tehran's Mehrabad airport (video)". RT. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Iran plane crash kills dozens". Al Jazeera. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Crash: Sepahan A140 at Tehran on Aug 10th 2014, lost height after takeoff". Retrieved 2014-08-16. 
  9. ^ "At Least 39 Killed in Iran Plane Crash". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Gladman, Paul (19 December 2007). "Antonov An-140". Flightglobal. Retrieved 11 August 2014.