Cargo plane crashes in Iran with several onboard

Leroy Wright
January 14, 2019

A Boeing 707 cargo plane with 16 people on board crashed near Iran's Fath airport.

The incident occurred close to Fath airport west of the capital, Tehran, on Monday, the semi-official news agency said.

There are fears 10 crew members have been killed after a Boeing 707 Kyrgyz cargo plane crashed west of Iran's capital Tehran amid severe weather conditions.

Authorities did not immediately offer a reason for the crew's decision to land there, though they said the crew had declared an emergency prior to land.

Officials are continuing to search for bodies in the wreckage.

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Iran's state TV said rescue teams, including ambulances and a helicopter, rushed to the site of the crash.

The big jet, operated by the Iranian Air Force, exploded into flames after crashing into houses near the capital of Tehran.

Iranians often use the word "martyrdom" for those who die in war or national service, suggesting the aircraft may have belong to the air force.

Saha Airlines' Boeing 707s suffered a previous fatal crash in April 2005, when a flight coming from the Kish island crash-landed at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, killing three passengers.

Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport says the cargo plane that crashed in Iran on Monday had flown from this airport, but it belonged to Iran's Payam Air.

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