Caspian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 overshoots runway and ends up on highway

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(Photo by Mostafa GHOLAMNEZAD / ISNA / AFP)

On 27 January, a Caspian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (EP-CPZ, built 1994) operated a domestic flight between Tehran Mehrabad Airport and Bandar-e Mahshahr, Iran.

During approach at the southwestern airport, however, the aircraft overshot the runway. The aircraft – carrying 135 passengers – ended up on a multi-lane highway and was seriously damaged. Passengers and crew members evacuated the aircraft. No one was seriously hurt. A video of the evacuation appeared on social media.

A state TV reporter travelling on the plane told the broadcaster that the aircraft’s “back wheel had broken off, as we saw it was left on the runway” and said the plane had been moving with no wheels before it ground to a halt.

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