Iran Air is playing down an incident involving one of its Airbus A319s which ran into rough ground after landing at Kermanshah early on 1 February.

The airline states that the aircraft – arriving as flight IR283 from Tehran Mehrabad at about 06:00 – did not veer off the runway, but says its nose-wheel travelled onto grass as the aircraft vacated.

Iran Air attributes the incident to visibility being “reduced to a minimum” from a blizzard.

Meteorological data from Kermanshah shows the visual range for runway 29 at 06:00 was down to 300m, with fog and snow showers.

Video images circulating on social media, purporting to show the immediate aftermath, indicate passengers disembarked the A319 via airstairs.

While there is no indication of serious damage, Iran Air says the twinjet will be inspected by engineers and undergo any necessary repairs.

Cirium fleets data lists the aircraft involved (EP-IEQ) as a 2002 airframe powered by CFM International CFM56 engines, originally delivered to Air China and subsequently operated by carriers including Rossiya.

It was one of three A319s of similar origin which were acquired as a batch by Iran Air last year.