On 14 January, a Saha Airlines Boeing 707 (EP-CPP) has crashed in the region of Karaj during landing from Bishkek, Kirgistan. The aircraft, intended to land at Payam Airport, landed at the much smaller Fath Airport (runway length of only 1,000 meters), overran the runway and crashed into houses past the end of the runway.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) – full owner of the airline – announced that 16 crew members were on board the aircraft. Officials said that 15 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage. One passenger survived the crash, he is believed to be the flight engineer.
Saha Airlines operates domestic passenger services using Boeing 737-300 airplanes, and cargo charters carried out with Boeing 747 freighters when required. On 3 May 2013, all flight operations were suspended, Saha Airlines began operating again in 2017. The belated aircraft is 43 years old, often carrying cargo on domestic flights within Iran, and to some areas of the Middle East, including Syria.