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Formed and started operations in 1993. Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passengers & cargo jet airplane services.
Enghlab Avenue, Kalege Cross, Apt No 5
Tehran 15 336, Iran
IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1502, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 1,648,000 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 73 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS TEHRAN, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS FARSI.
April 1993: Started off as a joint venture between Iranian and Russian interests.
November 2002: The Government is considering merging Iran Air (IRN), Iran Air Tours (IRB), and Iran Aseman Airlines (IRC). Also, possibly, Aria Air, Caspian Airlines (CPN), Kish Air (IRK), Mahan Air (MHN), and Qeshm Air (QES), plus a number of regional operators.
February 2009: Caspian Airlines (CPN) operates between Tehran and other major cities in Iran, and international flights to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Hungary, Syria, Turkey, the Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Armenia.
Employees = 160.
Parent organization/shareholders: Iran National Airlines Corporation (IRN).
(IATA) Code: IV - 879. (ICAO) Code: CPN (Callsign - CASPIAN).
(Telephone: +98 21 451 4702). (FAX: +98 21 875 1677).
Main Base: Tehran Mehrabad airport (THR).
Serves 10 domestic destinations.
International destinations: Beirut; Budapest; Damascus; Dubai; Istanbul; Kiev; Minsk; & Yerevan.
July 2009: ACCDT: A Caspian Airlines (CPN) TU-154M (D-30KU-154-II) (748, /87 EP-CPG) with 168 on board (15 (FC) - (CA)/153 passengers) crashed at 11.30 am, 16 minutes after takeoff from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International airport, near the village of Jannat Abad outside the city of Qazvin, about 75 miles NW of Tehran. Reports so far indicate all on board were fatalities. It is Iran's worst air disaster in 6 years.
Before crashing, the plane's tail was on fire as it circled in the air, one witness told "The Associated Press (AP)." "Then, I saw the plane crashing nose-down. It hit the ground causing a big explosion. The impact shook the ground like an earthquake. Then, plane pieces were scattered all over the agricultural fields," Ali Akbar Hashemi, a 23-year-old who was laying gas pipes in a nearby home, told (AP) by phone.
The impact blasted a deep trench in the dirt field, which was littered with smoking wreckage, body parts and personal items from the Tupolev jet, according to photos from the scene. Firefighters put out the flaming wreckage, which officials said was strewn over a 200 yard (meter) area. A large chunk of a wing was visible in footage of the scene, but much of the wreckage appeared to be in small shreds.
Arsen Pogossian, Deputy Head of Armenia's General Department of Civil Aviation, was quoted as saying that "a fire broke out in one engine and the pilot (FC) attempted an emergency landing." (CPN) published the names of the passengers and crew on its website within hours of the accident.
Iran has seen numerous crashes in recent years, usually blamed on poor maintenance. Iranian officials often blame USA sanctions that prevent it from updating American airplanes bought before the 1979 Islamic revolution and make it difficult to get European spare parts or planes as well. Iranian airlines and the military have turned increasingly to Russian airplanes, which are not effected by sanctions, but have seen a string of accidents. 2 other Tupolev crashes in Iran this decade have killed nearly 140 people.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known. Hossein Ayaznia, an aviation police official, said emergency workers were searching for the plane's data recorders to get evidence of the cause. Iran's Jafarzadeh and the Deputy Chairman of Armenia's civil aviation authority, Arsen Pogosian said all on board were killed," Pogosian told reporters at Yerevan airport. Most of the passengers were Iranians, many of them from Iran's large ethnic Armenian community, along with 6 Armenian citizens and 2 Georgian citizens, Pogosian said. The 2 Georgians included a staffer from the Caucasus nation's embassy in Yerevan, Georgia's military attache in the Armenian capital said.
Serob Karapetian, the Chief of Yerevan airport's aviation security service, said the plane may have attempted an emergency landing, but reports that it caught fire in the air were "only one version." A police official told Iran's semi-official "(IRNA)" news agency that several witnesses reported seeing the plane's tail on fire in the air as it circled to find a place to land. The plane was completely destroyed in the crash and shattered to pieces, Qazvin emergency services director, Hossein Behzadpour told the state news agency (IRNA). "The force of the crash was so serious that pieces of the airplane were thrown over a 200 meter area. Unfortunately, all the bodies were totally destroyed," Behzadpour said.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued a statement expressing condolences for the deaths and urging a swift investigation of the cause.
The crash is the worst since February 2003, when a Russian-made Ilyushin Il-76 carrying members of the elite Revolutionary Guards crashed in the mountains of southeastern Iran, killing 302 people aboard. In February 2006, a Russian-made Tu-154 operated by Iran Airtour, which is affiliated with Iran's national carrier Iran Air (IRN), crashed during landing in Tehran, killing 29 of the 148 people on board. Another Airtour Tupolev crashed in 2002 in the mountains of western Iran, killing all 199 on board.
The crashes have also affected Iran's military. In December 2005, 115 people were killed when a pre-1979 USA-made C-130 plane, crashed into a 10-story building near Tehran's Mehrabad airport. In November 2007, a Russian-made Iranian military plane crashed shortly after takeoff killing 36 Revolutionary Guards members.
Later, 2 flight data recorders (FDR)s were recovered but reportedly were badly damaged at the site of the Caspian Airlines (CPN) Tu-154M crash that killed all 168 on board. A 3rd recorder has not been located. A spokesperson from Armenia's General Department of Civil Aviation told "RIA Novosti" that the airplane underwent a full maintenance check last month and was cleared to fly until year end.
August 2009: The Iran Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) banned airlines from leasing Russian-built airplanes following 2 July accidents involving a Tu-154M and an Il-62 in which a combined 185 people were killed. "Eastern planes would be able to operate in the air sector only when they are brand new and made according to our order," (CAO) head, Mohammad Ali Ilkhani was quoted as saying by "Reuters."
August 2010: 1 MD-83, ex-SpanAir (SPP), UM Air (UKM) wet-leased.
January 2012: MD-82 (53149, EP-CPU), ex-(4L-YAA) delivery.
February 2017: 737-4H6 (26467, EP-CAQ), ex-(T7-AWA) seen at Mashhad.