Mohammad Ali Ilkhani, the head of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, is prohibiting the country’s airlines from leasing or purchasing used Russian-manufactured aircraft, according to an Aug. 19 report in TheMoscowTimes.com. The move follows two fatal incidents last month that involved Russian-manufactured aircraft. On July 15, a Caspian Airlines Tupolev Tu-154M crashed after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 168 people on board. It was Iran’s fourth accident involving the aircraft type since ...

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