Authorities said two people suffered injuries in the hard landing of the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 flown by
Passengers, apparently in shock, calmly exited the aircraft with their carry-on baggage out of a door near the cockpit and another over the plane's wing, video from
“We crashed. We crashed but we are unhurt,” a male passenger said in Farsi in the video. "My hand is shaking.”
Provincial airport director Mohammad Reza Rezanian said all of the passengers had been safely taken off the plane, which had been flying a route from the Iranian capital,
It seems that tragedy was narrowly avoided, however, as images from the scene showed the plane had ground to a halt not far from a populated area. The plane also missed traffic on a major highway linking Mahshahr to Imam Khomeini Port.
Iranian state television said the plane involved in Monday's crash-landing came in harder than usual and lost its landing gear as it hit the tarmac.
No landing gear could be seen in pictures of the plane after the crash, but it was not immediately clear if it failed to deploy or somehow collapsed as the jet hit runway at about
The McDonnell Douglas MD-83, a single-aisle workhorse introduced in the mid-1980s, largely has been phased out of commercial air travel in the West.
The plane involved in Monday's crash-landing in
The incident comes as
Maintenance information regarding the American-built MD-83 that crashed Monday was not immediately available. However,
Under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers,
Prior to the shootdown this month,