The flight was originally a scheduled domestic flight from Abadan to Mashhad, Iran but diverted to Isfahan because of poor weather at Mashhad Airport. After the weather improved, the flight departed for Mashhad.
Recent Iranian Airliner Events
This is the second major crash in Mashhad in less than a year. Last July, an Aria Air Ilyushin 62 departed the runway after landing and crashed, killing 16 of the 166 occupants.
This is also the second major Tu154 crash in Iran in less than a year. Less than two weeks before the Aria Air crash, a Caspian Airlines Tu154 crashed shortly after takeoff on a flight from Tehran, Iran to Yerevan, Armenia, killing all 153 passengers and 15 crew members.