15 people feared dead as Iran cargo plane crashes, in Tehran

An Iranian Boeing 707 military cargo plane crashed near Iran capital, Tehran, leaving 15 people dead.

The crashed happen when a Boeing 707 military cargo plane, carrying meat from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan came off the runway and hit a wall while trying to have an emergency landing at Fath airport, near Karaj in Iran central province of Alborz, due to poor weather on Monday, 14th January, leaving 15 people dead, out of the 16 people on board,  the Iranian army has said.

Iran cargo plane

A flight engineer survived and was taken to the hospital and the plane’s “black box” voice recorder has been found at the crash site. The army said in a statement carried by the semi-official Fars news agency.

After some confusion over who owned the plane, a spokesman for Iran‘s civil aviation had told state TV that the plane belonged to Kyrgyzstan. However, a spokeswoman for Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport said the plane belonged to Iran‘s Payam Air.

State TV said rescue teams had been sent to the area, between the airports of Fath and Payam. It showed footage of burning wreckage of the plane and a plume of smoke rising from the crash site.


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