Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Dead After Military Cargo Plane Crashes In Iran

Dead After Military Cargo Plane Crashes In Iran

The Iranian cargo plane coming from Kyrgyzstan crashed while trying to land west of the capital Tehran, state media reported.

Iran's Aseman Airlines was ordered to ground its fleet of ATR planes in February a year ago after one of them crashed in the Zagros mountains, killing all 66 people onboard.

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The plane crashed at Fath Airport, which belongs to Iran's powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, when it was meant to land at the nearby Payam International Airport, about 40 kilometres west of Tehran, the Iranian capital.

The pilot reportedly lost control of the plane after "mistaking the airport with another airfield because of bad weather". However a spokeswoman for the Manas airport in Kyrgyzstan said the plane belonged to Iran's Payam Air.

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Another official told Fars that 10 people were on board and that they were all feared killed. It showed footage of burning wreckage of the plane and a plume of smoke rising from the crash site.

The charred remains of a plane's fuselage with Iranian Air Force colors, its nose wedged through the wall of what appeared to be a house, were seen in photographs obtained by AFP. The four-engine, narrow-body aircraft were built until 1979.

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

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