Mahan Air plane crashes into barrier at Istanbul airport

A Mahan Air Airbus A310-300, performing flight W5-112 from Tehran Imam Khomeini (Iran) to Istanbul (Turkey) with about 150 people on board, had safely landed on Ataturk Airport’s runway 05 and taxied to the apron, stand S6, but failed to stop on the stand, about 30 meters past the stand broke through a concrete barrier topped by a railing causing the nose gear to collapse, the nose fell onto the roof of a bus driving along the road underneath. No injuries occurred.


No passengers were on board of the bus, the driver was the sole occupant of the bus and remained uninjured.

Passengers reported following the accident the captain announced they had suffered a hydraulic failure resulting in the failure of the brakes.

Airport officials commented the crew shut the engines down when the aircraft reached the parking position and encountered the failure of the brakes. Had the bus not been there by pure coincidence the outcome of the accident could have been far worse.