Iran: Cargo plane crashes with at least nine on board

14 January, 2019, 12:39 | Author: Wade Massey
  • The cargo plane that crashed in Iran reportedly departed from Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport

An Iranian Boeing 707 cargo plane coming from Kyrgyzstan crashed on Monday while trying to land west of Iran's capital, state media reported, with an emergency official saying only one person of the 16 on board was known to have survived.

The plane went down near Fath airport, near Karaj in the central Iranian province of Alborz.

Conservative news agency Tasnim said it was a military cargo plane carrying meat from the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek.

Rescuers say the bodies of seven people have been recovered with searches continuing.

"It exited the runway during the landing and caught fire after hitting the wall at the end of the runway", the army statement said.

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It was not immediately clear who owned the plane.

Iran's air force said in a statement that the fate of the crew, including their possible 'martyrdom, ' is under investigation.

A spokesman for Iran's civil aviation said the plane belonged to Kyrgyzstan, while Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport said it was operated by Iran's Payam Air.

But a source told Fars agency that the plane belonged to the Iranian military's air force.

Iranian state television showed pictures of a plume of smoke rising from the crash site (shown). Some reports on Iranian media said 10 people were on board and that they were killed.

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