Cargo plane with at least nine on board crashes in Iran

Clay Curtis
January 14, 2019

A Boeing 707 cargo plane flying from the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan has crashed in Iran's Alborz province after it overshot the runway during landing.

According to Fars News Agency, officials say the cargo plane hit the airport wall and then smashed at a residential town near the airport.

A military cargo plane crashed near the Iranian capital Tehran, the army said on Monday, with local media reporting at least 10 people onboard. It wasn't immediately clear who owns the plane, though Gen. Shahin Taghikhani, an army spokesman, told state TV that the plane and its crew were Iranian.

The Boeing 707 cargo plane that crashed in Iran on Monday belongs to Kyrgyzstan, Iranian state TV reported.

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State broadcaster IRIB showed footage of burning wreckage in a wooded area, while several agencies showed teams of rescue workers around the charred fusilage.

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

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.

Her statement contradicted reports by Iranian media saying the plane belonged to Kyrgyzstan.

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