ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas MD-83 EP-ZAB Mashhad Airport (MHD)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 28 January 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD83 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Operator:Zagros Air
Registration: EP-ZAB
MSN: 49930/1720
First flight: 1990
Total airframe hrs:51446
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 154
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 162
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mashhad Airport (MHD) (   Iran)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Isfahan-Shahid Beheshti Airport (IFN/OIFM), Iran
Destination airport:Mashhad Airport (MHD/OIMM), Iran
The MD-83 aircraft sustained substantial damage in a runway excursion accident upon landing on runway 31R at Mashhad Airport (MHD), Iran.
The aircraft came to rest on the left side of runway 31R, 2200 m from the threshold.

Probable Cause:

Cause (translated from Farsi):
Pilot Error in unusual use of engine reversers contrary to operating instructions and carelessness and insistance of the pilot to continue approach and landing, in spite of instantaneous weather changes and minimum weather conditions.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB Iran
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: 941108 EPZAB
Download report: Final report

Runway excursion (veer-off)


METAR Weather report:
11:30 UTC / 15:00 local time:
OIMM 281130Z 10010KT 1300 R13/1700D R31/P2000U -SN BR BKN007 OVC070 01/01 Q1016 A3001

12:00 UTC / 15:30 local time:
OIMM 281200Z 10010KT 2500 -SN BR BKN007 OVC070 01/00 Q1016 A3001

12:30 UTC / 16:00 local time:
OIMM 281230Z 14006KT 4000 -SG OVC008 01/01 Q1016 A3001

13:00 UTC / 16:30 local time:
OIMM 281300Z 15008KT 2000 -SG BR OVC008 00/00 Q1016 A3002

13:30 UTC / 17:00 local time:
OIMM 281330Z 15012KT 1400 R13/P2000N R31/P2000U -SG BR OVC008 00/00 Q1016 A3002

14:00 UTC / 17:30 local time:
OIMM 281400Z 13012KT 0800 R13/1600N R31/1300U FG SG OVC008 M00/M00 Q1017 A3003


photo of MD-83-HB-ISZ
accident date: 28-01-2016
type: McDonnell Douglas MD-83
registration: HB-ISZ

Video, social media

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Isfahan-Shahid Beheshti Airport to Mashhad Airport as the crow flies is 806 km (504 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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