Iran plane crash: 'At least seven dead' near Tehran

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2019

A spokesman for Iran's civil aviation told state TV earlier that the plane - which was reportedly carrying meat - belongs to Kyrgyzstan.

According to local reports, the Boeing B707 mid-size aircraft was travelling from Bishkek, Kyrgyztan when it crashed after the pilot mistook Payam International Airport, in the Alborz Province near Tehran, with another airfield.

It is not clear who owned the plane.

The TV says a fire engulfed the plane immediately after the crash in the town of Safadasht. Images showed the burned-out tail of the plane sticking out, surrounding by charred homes.

A flight engineer survived and was taken to hospital, the army said in a statement carried by the semi-official Fars news agency.

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

But a source told Fars agency that the plane belonged to the Iranian military's air force. It showed footage of burning wreckage of the plane and a plume of smoke rising from the crash site.

It was later confirmed it belonged to Iran's air force.

Iranian media said the crew of the flight included anywhere from eight to 16 people, with seven bodies already recovered.

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