All passengers, crew in Iran plane crash believed dead: airline spokesman - UPDATED  

  18 February 2018    Read: 3651
All passengers, crew in Iran plane crash believed dead: airline spokesman - UPDATED  
An Iranian passenger plane with 66 people on board crashed in central Iran on Sunday during a flight from Tehran to the city of Yasuj in the southwest of the country, Iranian media reported. 

All 66 passengers and crew members died in the incident, Mohammad Taghi Tabatabaei, head of the airline company’s PR department said, Tasnim news agency reported.

Tabatabaei said that plane crashed into Dena Mountain due to bad weather conditions 50 minutes after taking off.

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The ATR-made plane operated by Iranian carrier Aseman Airlines crashed in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom, news agency ISNA quoted emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi as saying.

Semirom’s governor said rescue helicopters were unable to land in the crash site because of heavy fog and emergency workers were trying to reach the area by land, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

State-run PressTV said 66 people were on board the plane, which disappeared from radar screens 50 minutes after taking off from Tehran’s Mehrabad airport.

Mehrabad is located in western Tehran and mainly functions as a domestic airport, although it also serves some international routes.

Iran has suffered several plane crashes in the past few decades. Tehran says U.S. sanctions have long prevented it from buying new aircraft or spare parts from the West.

 


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