A firefighting crane lifts the tail section of a passenger plane which crashed near the capital Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.(AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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Iran's efforts to escape the impact of Western sanctions by founding its own aerospace industry are in tatters after four crashes in 12 years involving the aircraft around which the plan is based led the model to be grounded.Iran-140 turboprops like the one that went down shortly after takeoff over the weekend, killing 39 of 50 people on board, won't fly again until regulators determine whether the spate of accidents can be traced to faults intrinsic to the plane, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.That same issue prompted Iran to embark on building an indigenous manufacturing capability in the first place, Ahmad Majidi, the country's deputy transport minister, was cited Monday as telling the Iranian Students' News Agency.Alireza Jahangirian, the head of Iran's civil aviation authority, told state television that one of the plane's two engines may have failed, though the aircraft should still have been able to fly.
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