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Plane crashes near Tehran's Mehrabad airport; 48 killed

Sunday, 10 August 2014 - 12:30pm IST | Place: Riyadh | Agency: Reuters
  • A member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards reacts as he stands next to the remains of a plane that crashed near Tehran's Mehrabad airport AFP

A civilian airliner crashed on take-off in a residential area near Tehran's Mehrabad airport today, Iranian news agencies said, with reports that almost 50 people were killed.

The plane was headed to the eastern city of Tabas, the IRNA and Fars news agencies said, and crashed at 9.18 am (0448 GMT). The official IRINN television channel said the plane crashed in the Azadi neighbourhood, west of the airport.

Iran has suffered a series of airplane crashes, blamed on its aging aircraft and poor maintenance. Many of the Boeing aircraft in IranAir's fleet were bought before the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, which disrupted ties with the US and Europe. The country has witnessed more than 200 plane accidents in the past 25 years, resulting in more than 2,000 deaths.

12:55 IST Sunday, 10 August 2014

Plane crashes at Tehran's Mehrabad airport; 48 reported dead

The Civil Aviation Authority said the passengers included two infants and three children under the age of 12, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. IRNA reported that an engine shutdown caused the crash. Read More

11:45 IST Sunday, 10 August 2014

According to Russia Today, the plane had barely left the airport, as it crashed shortly after take off, on the outskirts of the capital at 09:45 (0515 GMT) on Sunday. Reports claim that the bodies of 10 of the dead passengers have already been extracted from the debris.

 

12:01 IST Sunday, 10 August 2014

State television reports that all 40 passengers on board the Iranian jet have been killed. The passengers included seven children.

12:19 IST Sunday, 10 August 2014

IRNA reported that an engine shutdown caused the crash.

Iran's aviation sector has suffered repeated crashes which have been blamed by Iranian politicians on international sanctions. Those sanctions have restricted Iranian carriers from buying new aircraft. For years, planes have been kept in service through parts imported on the black market, cannibalised from other planes or reproduced locally, aviation sources say. Read more.




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