Sunday, July 22, 2007

Bang Goes That Holiday in Iran...

...with the news that yesterday the British Department for Transport has banned the Iranian airline, Mahan Air from operating flights to Britain because of concerns about its safety record. The move will hit the carrier's five weekly flights between Tehran and Manchester.

A department spokesman said. "There were a number of recent incidents which suggested a poor level of planning and safety." These included the discovery that some aircraft were operating without collision avoidance systems, he added. In 2006 a Mahan Air jet flying to Birmingham apparently descended at a dangerously low level and was forced to abort its landing; the airline no longer flies to Birmingham.

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