Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Boeing 707 cargo plane crashes near Tehran

Iran Karaj airport plane crash: Boeing 707 smash leaves 10 feared dead | Daily Star Boeing cargo plane with 10 people on board crashes in Iran
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2019, 12:40

"The plane was a cargo Boeing 707 that overshot the runway during its landing", Iran's aviation organisation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh told state broadcaster IRIB.

An Iranian air force cargo plane landing at the wrong airport crashed outside Tehran, killing 15 people on board, state-run Fars news agency reported.

The army's statement came after some confusion over who owned the plane.

A fire engulfed the plane immediately after the crash in the town of Safadasht on Monday, about 50 kilometres southwest of Tehran.

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

Fars said the plane crash-landed after "mistaking the airport with another airfield because of the bad weather".

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

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.

Authorities initially said they feared all on board had been killed, but reports afterward said one crew member was taken to a local hospital.