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Iran: Russian pilots have to leave in two months
6 March 2010

Russian commercial pilots flying for Iranian airlines have to leave the country within two months, according Fars News Agency.

“Upon an order from President [Mahmoud Ahmadinejad], the Road and Transport Ministry has set a two-month deadline, after which all Russian pilots must leave the country,” the Iranian Minister of Roads and Transportation Hamid Behbahani said.

The order was issued by the Iranian President after the accident involving an Ilyushin Il-62 in July 2009. The airplane, flown by a Russian captain, suffered a runway excursion accident after landing at high speed at Mashhad Airport. Sixteen were killed in the accident.