Tehran: Iranian state TV says a conservative
politician and 10 other passengers were hurt after a tire
burst on an airplane landing in the northeast of the country.
The incident happened about midnight in the Mashad
airport when the front tire of an Airbus belong to Iranian
Mahan airline burst.
There were some 230 passengers on board including Mohsen
Rezaei, a conservative politician who ran against President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009. Rezaei was slightly injured.
Iran has a history of aviation accidents. Officials blame
the crashes on an old fleet and lack of spare parts that Iran
cannot obtain because of sanctions by Western countries on
exporting advanced parts to Iran.
The West suspects Iran is pursuing nuclear weapon, a
charge Iran denies.