Loss of control Accident Boeing 727-286 EP-IRP, Sunday 9 January 2011
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Date:Sunday 9 January 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 727-286
Owner/operator:Iran Air
Registration: EP-IRP
MSN: 20945/1048
Year of manufacture:1974
Total airframe hrs:9019 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Fatalities:Fatalities: 78 / Occupants: 105
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:8 km from Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH) -   Iran
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII)
Destination airport:Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH/OITR)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
An Iran Air Boeing 727 passenger jet was damaged beyond repair in an accident about 8 km from Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH), Iran. There were 96 passengers and nine crew members on board. The airplane operated on flight IR277 from Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR) to Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH). It left Tehran at 18:15, after a delay of over two hours due to severe weather at the destination.

The effect of a combination of bad weather and cockpit crews' failure to deal with the situation is the major cause of the accident.

Contributing factors:
- The old technology of aircraft systems
- Absence of a suitable simulator for adverse weather conditions
- Failure to correctly execute the operating instructions for go around
- Inadequate cockpit management (CRM)


16:00 UTC / 19:30 local time:
OITR 091600Z 26004KT 0800 SN SCT015 SCT020 OVC060 00/00 Q1016=
Wind 260 degrees at 4 knots; Visibility 800 m in snow; scattered clouds 1,500 ft; scattered clouds 2,000 ft.; overcast 6,000 ft.; Temperature 0°C; Dew point 0°C; 1016 hPa




  • 2nd worst accident in 2011
  • 16th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 16th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Kamran Bidar; near Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH); 14 January 2011

photo (c) Kamran Bidar; near Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH); 14 January 2011

photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Dubai Airport (DXB/OMDB); November 1995

photo (c) Bss001-1; unknown; 04 January 2011; (CC:by-sa)

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