168 Feared Dead In Caspian Air Crash


Today at 11.33 am a Tupolev belonging to Iran-based Caspian Air crashed near Qazvin, Iran about 140 kms from the capital Tehran, with 168 passengers and crew on board. The plane was heading to the Armenian capital of Yerevan and took off from Tehran only 16 minutes before the crash.

All aboard flight number 7908 were killed according to the first news coming from local TV stations.

A Caspian Airlines TU154 - by Taha Ashoori on Airliners.net

It took a long time before anything has appeared on the official website of the airline, but the international website still shows no information about the crash. When we called the local representative of the carrier earlier today, we were the first to tell him about the accident.

The Tupolev TU-154M plane involved in the accident was built in 1987 and was originally delivered to Ariana Afghan Airlines. It is one of the four of the type that is operated by Caspian Airlines – which is a Russian-Iranian joint venture established in 1993. They have also been using a fifth one of the same type that was operated for them, by Aerotur Air. Reports suggest that the lost plane was registered as EP-CPG (shown on the image above). The local television channels showed a huge crater and debris spread around in in a wide area. According to a representative of Caspian Air there were mainly Iranian citizens onboard (29 of them were members of Iran’s some 100,000 ethnic Armenian community – many of whom frequently use the flights between Tehran and Yerevan to visit relatives in Armenia), with 40 Armenians  (6 of them were Armenian citizens, the rest are Iranian citizens as mentioned) and two Georgian citizens also on the plane.  Besides the 156 passengers there were 12 crew members working on the flight. It is unclear whether other nations were also involved in the crash, but a boarding card belonging to a Japanese citizen was found at the crash site, Iranian reports said. Among those on board were eight members of Iran’s national youth judo team, along with two trainers and a delegation chief, who were scheduled to train with the Armenian judo team before attending competitions in Budapest, Hungary on Aug. 6, Iranian state TV said. 

There are no reports about potential death, or injury of anyone on the ground.

Caspian Airlines Crash Site - by Newsday.com

First eyewitness reports suggest that the plane’s tail was on fire and had circled in the air (probably trying to find an area available for emergency landing) before crashing in the ground, nose down.  “Then, I saw the plane crashing nose-down. It hit the ground causing a big explosion. The impact shook the ground like an earthquake. Then, plane pieces were scattered all over the agricultural fields,” Ali Akbar Hashemi, a 23-year-old who was laying gas pipes in a nearby home, told the Associated Press by phone. This confirms the reports on the Aviation Herald website claiming that the pilot had reported a fire in the left engine mid-air, before quickly losing altitude and deviating to the left of the assigned flight path. This information has not been confirmed by any authorities yet. Based on the above mentioned footage of the area, the plane has practically been desintegrated into small pieces by the impact of the crash, and its broken parts have spread around in an area bigger than 200 square meters. The crater is about 10 meters in depth.

I saw a finger of a passenger on the ground. There is no sign of the airplane, just small pieces of metal,” said a witness. “I do not see even a complete leg or arm.” The Tupolev plane has been totally destroyed and the corpses, unfortunately, have been totally burned and destroyed,” Qazvin police commander Massoud Jafarinasab told semi-official Fars News Agency.

Weeping relatives and friends gathered at Yerevan Airport where a notice on a wall listed people who were on board. Doctors treated relatives for shock and heart problems. (You can find the full list of the flight crew and the passengers in a comment added to this article below.)

The plane’s flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder have been found at the crash site, state television reported late Wednesday, so an explanation of the crash is likely to be found.

By Szafi and balint01

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14 Responses to “168 Feared Dead In Caspian Air Crash”


  1. 1 hadi001 July 15, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Heartfelt condolences to all families, whose loved one’s involved, may their soul rest in perfect peace.

  2. 2 Jasson July 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    yet now passenger list not available on internet, only site http://www.apnimarzi.com is giving link, but yet now no list is updated.

    check their post:

    http://www.apnimarzi.com/iran-air-line-7908-caspian-flight-passenger-list/

  3. 3 sandra lynn July 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    I can only imagine the shock and grief the families of those who may have died are experiencing.
    To lose a child or family member in such a tragic way, is devastating.
    My heart goes out to them.
    God be with you.

    • 4 Mpho Helepi January 23, 2014 at 10:40 am

      May their souls rest in peace.We shall meet in the after life.I pray that may the Almighty God be with them and comfort all who are in grief,sorrow and pain.

  4. 5 O'Maolchaithaigh July 15, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    My sympathies to their families. Regardless of US-Iranian politics, I think we should all express our sorrow at such a horrific accident.

  5. 6 balint01 July 15, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    The passenger and flight crew list as published on the website of Caspian Airlines today (www.caspian.aero):

    لیست خدمه | Flight crew

    1. MR.ALI ASGHAR / SHIR AKBARI
    2. MR.JAVAD / MASOUMI HESARI
    3. MR.MAHDI / FIROUZE SOUHEIL
    4. NIMA / SALEHIE REZVE
    5. MR.GARIGOURI / BARSEGHIAN
    6. MR.SOREN /MOUGHOUMOUNIAN
    7. MR.SEIED ABAS / GHAEEM MAGHAMI
    8. MR.AMIR ALI / MALEKI NEJAD
    9. MRS.FERESHT / SAMAKI RAHMAT
    10. MRS.SANAZ / ASLANI
    11. MRS.MARYAM / FARHADI HAGHANI
    12. MRS.MARYAM /KAMANI

    لیست مسافرین | Passengers Manifest

    1 MR. ABDOLLAHZADE HAMIDREZA
    2 MRS. AHMADYNORREH ARAM
    3 MRS. AJAND ANNETT
    4 MR. AKBARI GHASEM
    5 MRS. ALAEE MARYAM
    6 MR. ALAVISHIRKHO S
    7 MR. ALIMOHAMMADI AHMAD
    8 MR. ALIMOHAMMADI ARAS
    9 MR. ALIMOHAMMADI ALIAKBAR
    10 MR. ALIMOHAMMADI KAVEH
    11 MRS. ALIREZAEI MANIZHEH
    12 MRS. ALIREZAEI MOJDEH
    13 MRS. AMINIALAVI ANAHITA
    14 MR. AMIRI ALI
    15 MRS. ANTASHIAN NANA
    16 MR. ASADORIAN EDWIN
    17 MR. AVAKIAN ARSHAVIR
    18 MR. AVANESSIAN AZAD
    19 MR. AZIZOLLAHI MOSAYEB
    20 MRS. BABOUMIAN ANOUSH
    21 MR. BAGHERPOUR YAHYA
    22 MR. BAHRAMI ALI
    23 MR. BANA HOSSEIN
    24 MR. BARFOROOSHAN MEHDI
    25 MR. BEHESHTINEJAD S
    26 MR. BKAKAVANDI MOHAMAD REZA
    27 MRS. BOGHOZIANS ANNA
    28 MRS. BOHLOULI ROYA
    29 MR. DAVIDIAN LEVON
    30 MR. DEHGHANINIA VAHIDREZA
    31 MR. DERAVANESIAN MARTIK
    32 MR. EBRAHIMIDOLO VAHID
    33 MR. EHYA DARYOUSH
    34 MRS. ESTEPANIAN NAEIRI
    35 MRS. ESTEPANIAN SHOGHER
    36 MR. FALAMARZPOUR JAMSHID
    37 MR. FALLAHZADEH MORTEZA
    38 MR. FARAJZADEH RASHID
    39 MR. FAZAYEL MOHAMMAD MOHSEN
    40 MS GARANIAN MELINE
    41 MRS. GHAFOURISIAH F
    42 MR. GHEZAVATI ALI
    43 MRS. GHOLAMHOSSEINI NEDA
    44 MR. GHOLOBI HASSAN
    45 MRS. GHOLOIANHAFT HASMAK
    46 MR. GHOOKASSIANS KARABD
    47 MR. GIVI CHKADUA
    48 MR. GRIGRYAN ARTUR
    49 MR. HADADI MOHAMAD
    50 MR. HADIKHANHERS ARIAN
    51 MR. HADIKHANHERS M-R
    52 MRS. HAGHPARASTSE GHOLAMR.EZA
    53 MRS. HAGHPARASTSE ASDELEH
    54 MR. HASSANZADEH HASAN
    55 MR. HAYROPTHOVSE PLORIK
    56 MR. HOSEINI SEYEDMAHDI
    57 MR. IZADGOO MOHAMAD
    58 MR. JAFARI JAVAD
    59 MR. JAFARI YAGHOUB
    60 MR. JALALI MAJID
    61 MR. JAVANBAKHSH VAHID
    62 MR. JAVANRASHKHA HAMID
    63 MR. JAZAYERI SEYEDMOHAMMA
    64 MR. JAZAYERI SEYEDSHAYAN
    65 MRS. KARAPET IANMI TALINE
    66 MRS. KARIMI NADIA
    67 MRS. KARIMI NILOUFAR
    68 MR. KARIMI NIMA
    69 MR. KARIMI HOSEIN
    70 MR. KASHANIGHARA S
    71 MR. KERMANIMOAKH HAMID
    72 MR. KHABAZKARFOM AMIN
    73 MR. KHACHIK EDWARD
    74 MR. KHAVANINZADE HASAN
    75 MR. KHEIRATIROON ALI
    76 MRS. KHOUNGARMKHO HOMA
    77 MR. LASHGARI ALI REZA
    78 MRS. LOTFIFARD RIYA
    79 MRS. M ARGARYAN KARINE
    80 MRS. MAHMOUDIZADE A
    81 MRS. MAILIAN NAIRY
    82 MR. MANASERIAN ARSHAVIR
    83 MR. MATIANKONARA MASIS
    84 MRS. MELKOMABKAR ANI
    85 MR. MELKOMABKAR ARIN
    86 MR. MOALLEMIANGO MEGHDAD
    87 MR. MOHADESSEDIG ALI
    88 MR. MOHAMMADI H
    89 MR. MOHAMMADIKHA GHOLAMR.EZA
    90 MRS. MOHAMMADSAFA FATEMEH
    91 MR. MOKHTARIHAJ BABAK
    92 MR. MORADIANHAJI T
    93 MR. MOZAFARIAGHD M
    94 MRS. NAEIM NAZILA
    95 MR. NAJAFILAHIJI SADEGH
    96 MRS. NAVASARTIANT ALVART
    97 MR. NAZARISHAKIB ALI
    98 MR. NERSISYAN ASHOT
    99 MR. NIAGHI HADI
    100 MR. NIAVARANI SEYED FARDAD
    101 MR. NIKNAM ABBAS
    102 MRS. NIKONOVA NATELA
    103 MR. NOROZPOURSHO MOHSEN
    104 MR. NOSRATI NASSER
    105 MR. PEYDARESI EBRAHIM
    106 MR. POOOLADIGHALE HAMASPOOR
    107 MR. POURGHORBANI ALIREZA
    108 MRS. POURMOGHADAM M
    109 MR. RAFIEEMANSOU V
    110 MR. RASOULI SAEED
    111 MR. REYHANI MEHDI
    112 MR. KHERADI AHMAD REZA
    113 MR. SABAGHI MOSTAFA
    114 MR. SABOURI SHAHNAM
    115 MR. SALARIAN DAVOUD
    116 MR. SALEHI ARIAN
    117 MR. SALEHI SAEED
    118 SAMARGHANDIS F
    119 SAMARGHANDIS Z
    120 MR. SANAEI MOHHAMADHO
    121 MR. SARKEZIANS ARMEN
    122 MR. SARKEZIANS VAWEH
    123 MRS. SERKISIAN ARMEN
    124 MR. SEYEDALIROOT S
    125 MRS. SHADKHOU MASOUMEH
    126 MR. SHAHBAZIANSA JORIK
    127 MRS. SHAHMORADIAN L
    128 SIMOKHACHIKI H
    129 MRS. SIMONIANGHAL KHACH KHATOON
    130 MR. SIRATI PARHAM
    131 MR. SIROIAN ARA
    132 MR. SOLEIMANIFAR AMIN
    133 MR. SOLTANMOHAMM ALI
    134 MRS. SOOKIAZIANHA ZARMINEH
    135 TAHMASIAN VARTANOUSH
    136 MRS. TARBINIAN LOSIK
    137 MR. TAROUYANS RAMOON
    138 MRS. TERHOVANESSI CHRISTIANE
    139 MRS. TERHOVANESSI ANAHITAPTALI
    140 MR. TEYMOORI NASER
    141 MR. TIMASH TADEH
    142 MR. VATANPARAST SIAVASH
    143 YAGHOABIMASS E
    144 MR. YAGHOABIMASS R
    145 MR. YAMINI ABDOLREZA
    146 MR. YOUSEFI REZA
    147 MRS. ZAREAN ALAE
    148 MR. ZAREAN HESAM
    149 MRS. ZAREAN TARLAN
    150 MR. ZARIFMAHMOUD M
    151 MR. ZEBARDASTBAR A
    152 MR. ZEINIVANDEJ IMAN
    153 MR. SEYED RAHA
    154 MR.ALI MAHMOUD
    155 MR.GHADER SAADATIAN
    156 MR.MOUSTAFA GHASEMI

    May all of them rest in peace.

  6. 7 chen jian July 17, 2009 at 3:14 am

    Air Crashes and Air Accidents (America)
    YunFeng (Knowing, Deviner)warned on June 30 2009, a series of air crashes and accidents would happen in America in near future day.

    * A Boeing Flight (737-800) was emergency landing on July 1! That’s just a beginning!
    * A commercial airliner with 128 passengers and crew made an emergency landing in Florida because smoke was detected in the cabin.
    * A aviation accident (small airplane) and two people die in Canada. (7/10)
    * A airplane, USA flies to London, smokes. 15 people were injured!(7/11)
    * An airliner of USA was flying, the passenger compartment broke suddenly, emergency landing successfully, people took a picture for that. (7/14)
    * A Boeing airliner (737) was broken an hole. (7/15)
    * A small airplane was prang, 3 people die. (7/16)

  7. 8 balint01 July 17, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Two of the three flight data recorders were recovered but reportedly were badly damaged. A third recorder has not been located. A spokesperson from Armenia’s General Dept. of Civil Aviation told RIA Novosti that the aircraft underwent a full maintenance check last month and was cleared to fly until year end.

  8. 9 Karen July 17, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Excellent reporting, thank you so much. My condolences to all the survivors loved ones.

  9. 10 chen jian July 25, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Air Crashes and Air Accidents in America, the earthquake in Europe and America
    Written by Administrator

    http://www.512-china.org/YunFengEnglisthVersion.html

    (We are editing the summary predictions of YunFeng Master)

    Air Crashes and Air Accidents (Asia, Africa, Europe)
    YunFeng (Knowing, Deviner)had already predicted air accidents and air crashes of “Asia, Africa, and Europe” on Feb 20, 2009! There are more than 80 air crashes and air accidents that happened in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
    http://cishanxingdao.blog.sohu.com/115980100.html (Detail of total air accidents and air crashes)
    Yemen belongs to Asia, France belongs to Europe! YunFeng had already predicted this matter (Yemen Air Crash) and Air France Crash (228 people die). And those air crashes and air accidents will happen continually in Asia, Africa, and Europe! Until the people know us in the world.
    Below is latest air crashes and air accidents.

    * Pakistan copter prang(26 people die)(7/4)
    * Iraq: The scout of USA prang in Iraq! (7/6)
    * The United Nations: An airplane of United Nations was landing Darfur, Sudan on July 7. The front-wheel drive was break off suddenly. And it injured two people. (7/6)
    * Afghanistan: A copter of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was prang in Afghanistan. There are three soldiers die.(7/7)
    * Afghanistan: A military copter of Canada was prang in Afghanistan. There are three soldiers die. (7/8)
    * The airliner of Japan took off failed two times, three hundred people are waiting change airplane. (7/9)
    * A iatrical copter of Taiwa was prang in the sea of Kinmen. (7/10)
    * A scheduled flight, Shanghai to Xian, met strong airflow and four people were injured.
    * A airplane of Northern Europe which has 41 passengers, emergency landing two times (7/13)
    * A copter was prang in the south of Afghanistan. (7/14)
    * A bride throw flower on the airplane, the flower was indrafted engine and airplane was prang. (7/15)
    * An airplane of Iran was prang, 150 people die (7/15)
    * A fighter plane of USA was prang in Afghanistan (7/18)
    * A copter was prang in the Afghanistan. (7/19)
    * A copter of USA was prang in the Baghdad. (7/19)
    * A bombing plane of China was prang. (7/20)
    * An airliner of China smoke in passenger compartment and forced landing. (7/20)
    * A copter of NATO was prang in Afghanistan. 16 people die, 5 people were injured. (7/20)
    * A copter of Russia was prang. 6 people die, 2 people were injured. (7/22)
    * An airplane of Iran rolled out the runway and struck the wall, 17 people die and 19 people were injured. (7/24)

    Air Crashes and Air Accidents (America)
    YunFeng (Knowing, Deviner)warned on June 30 2009, a series of air crashes and accidents would happen in America in near future day.

    * A Boeing Flight (737-800) was emergency landing on July 1! That’s just a beginning!
    * A commercial airliner with 128 passengers and crew made an emergency landing in Florida because smoke was detected in the cabin.
    * A aviation accident (small airplane) and two people die in Canada. (7/10)
    * A airplane, USA flies to London, smokes. 15 people were injured!(7/11)
    * An airliner of USA was flying, the passenger compartment broke suddenly, emergency landing successfully, people took a picture for that. (7/14)
    * A Boeing airliner (737) was broken an hole. (7/15)
    * A small airplane was prang, 3 people die. (7/16)

    http://www.icao.int/icaonet/dcs/9898/9898_en.pdf

    Below data came from and I statistic the amount from Feb 20 to now

    Accidents of aircraft with a certificated maximum take-off mass of more than 2 250 kg
    involving passenger fatalities on scheduled air services
    1988 – 2007

    Year Aircraft accidents Passengers killed
    1988| 25| 711
    1989| 29| 879
    1990| 25| 561
    1991| 23| 517
    1992| 24| 972
    1993| 32| 883
    1994| 23| 957
    1995| 19| 528
    1996| 21| 1152
    1997| 24| 859
    1998| 19| 856
    1999| 19| 299
    2000| 18| 755
    2001| 11| 441
    2002| 10| 653
    2003| 7| 466
    2004| 8| 175
    2005 | 16| 694
    2006| 8| 365
    2007| 10| 581
    2008|(None)
    2009| 104(according to incomplete statistics)| 925(Feb 20 to now)

  10. 11 chen jian August 4, 2009 at 3:38 am

    YunFeng (Knowing, Deviner)warned on June 30 2009, a series of air crashes and accidents would happen in America in near future day.

    * A Boeing Flight (737-800) was emergency landing on July 1! That’s just a beginning!
    * A commercial airliner with 128 passengers and crew made an emergency landing in Florida because smoke was detected in the cabin.
    * A aviation accident (small airplane) and two people die in Canada. (7/10)
    * A airplane, USA flies to London, smokes. 15 people were injured!(7/11)
    * An airliner of USA was flying, the passenger compartment broke suddenly, emergency landing successfully, people took a picture for that. (7/14)
    * A Boeing airliner (737) was broken an hole. (7/15)
    * A small airplane was prang, 3 people die. (7/16)
    * The airport of New York shock by bomb. (8/2)
    * Forcing the aircraft to divert to Miami, Florida (at least 26 hurt as airliner hits turbulence). (8/3)

    http://www.512-china.org

  11. 12 kasereka Reuben December 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    God the life giver, may these peoples soul rest in peace as we a wait for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
    from Reuben kasereka. Green Dove Theatist Organization. Uganda

  12. 13 Rose March 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    My condolence to the families who lost their beloved one. God loved them more and he decided to take them before us to prepare a place for us. I have been with u all in prayers since the incident happened.

    May God be our comforter always. Amen.


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