Iran finds flight recorders of crashed plane

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Emergency teams have recovered yesterday the flight recorders of the Aseman Airlines plane that crashed into a mountaintop in southwest Iran two weeks ago. The plane, which disappeared from radar screens 50 minutes into the February 18 flight, was carrying 66 people from Tehran to the city of Yasuj. The Civil Aviation Organisation of Iran confirmed that the flight recorders had been handed to judicial authorities before being analysed by experts. Glacial temperatures and mountainous terrain hampered the search efforts for the passenger plane. The twin-engined turboprop ATR 72 was more than 24 years old. The Flight Safety Foundation’s website said the plane was restored to service about three months ago, after being in storage for six years.

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