Friday, 18 January, 2019

Iran Karaj airport plane crash: Boeing 707 smash leaves 10 feared dead

Iran flag Iran Karaj airport plane crash: Boeing 707 smash leaves 10 feared dead | Daily Star
Deanna Wagner | 14 January, 2019, 12:42

The plane overshot the runway during its landing, Iran's aviation organisation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh told state broadcaster IRIB. AFP.

Iranian news agencies said it was a military cargo plane carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan's capital of Bishkek.

A Boeing 707 military cargo plane crashed in bad weather on Monday west of the Iranian capital, killing 15 out of the 16 people on board, the Iranian army said.

Fath Airport belongs to Iran's powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.

The report said that the plane hit a building near the airport after the pilot lost control of the aircraft and ran out of space to land.

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It is not clear who owned the plane. It showed footage of burning wreckage of the plane and a plume of smoke rising from the crash site.

State TV said rescue teams had been sent to the area, between the airports of Fath and Payam.

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. The Iranian air force does operate Boeing 707s; it also has a civilian airline, SAHA.

The plane initially reportedly had 10 people on board, but that figure later rose to 16.