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Plane crashes in Iran killing all 66 aboard

The plane crashed in the Zagros mountains, southern Iran [Getty]

Date of publication: 18 February, 2018

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An Iranian passenger plane on a domestic flight crashed into the country's Zagros mountains on Sunday killing all 66 people on board, officials said.

An Iranian passenger plane on a domestic flight crashed into the country's Zagros mountains on Sunday killing all 66 people, including one child, on board, officials said.

The Aseman Airlines flight left Tehran's Mehrabad airport around 0800 (0430 GMT) for the city of Yasuj in Isfahan province, said Mohammad Tabatabai, director of public relations for the airline.

The plane crashed into Dena mountain, part of the Zagros range, around 23 kilometres (14 miles) from Yasuj, some 500 kilometres south of the capital, he told state broadcaster IRIB.

"After searches in the area, unfortunately we were informed that the plane crashed. Unfortunately, all our dear ones lost their lives in this incident," Tabatabai said.

The plane disappeared off radar shortly before it crashed in the Zagros mountains in the Semirom region south of Isfahan, southwestern Iran.

"An ATR aircraft of Aseman Airlines with 60 passengers and about six crew disappeared from radar this morning," Aladin Borujerdi, head of parliament's national security and foreign policy commission, told the semi-official ISNA news agency. 

"Observation by people [in the area] indicates a crash," he said, adding that he was still awaiting confirmation.

Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman for the national emergency services said that a helicopter had been sent to the area.

"Given the fact that the area is mountainous, it is not possible to send ambulances," he said.

However foggy conditions prevented rescue helicopters from accessing the mountainous crash site, state TV reported. 

Under decades of international sanctions, Iran's commercial passenger aircraft fleet has aged, with air accidents occurring regularly in recent years.

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