On 24th December 2015 at 08:35 local time, Mahan Air’s flight W5112 had just landed at Istanbul-Ataturk Airport from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport. The aircraft, an A310 (EP-MNP), had safely arrived with 166 passengers on board and taxied to the apron but failed to stop and broke through a concrete barrier topped by a tailing which caused the aircraft’s nose gear to collapse. No injuries occured on board the aircraft, and neither in the lifesaving bus that prevented the aircraft to fall, which got mashed underneath the aircraft.
An official report on what caused the accident is expected to be announced soon from Turkey.
During lunch time on the 26th of February 2016, the aircraft flew back to Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport after being grounded at Istanbul-Ataturk for roughly 2 months. The 24 years old aircraft is now performing a few checks before being able to enter service again according to the Mahan Air maintenance team in Tehran. It is predicted to enter service is only a few days.
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