Eight killed as Boeing cargo plane crashes in Iran

14 January, 2019, 12:42 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Boeing 707 cargo plane crashes near Tehran

Iran's air force said in a statement that the fate of the crew, including their possible "martyrdom", is under investigation.

The report says the crash occurred as the plane headed for the wrong airport as it made its approach for landing.

It then skidded off the runway and smashed into houses before exploding into flames.

"Due to a mistake by the pilot, it came down at the Fath airport", Farsi News reported, citing Iranian officials. However a spokeswoman for the Manas airport in Kyrgyzstan said the plane belonged to Iran's Payam Air.

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 Iranian air force does operate Boeing 707s and it also has a civilian airline, SAHA.

The head of Iran's emergency department, Pirhossein Kolivand, said earlier: "We don't have clear information about the details of the crash".

Iranian media said the crew of the flight included anywhere from eight to 16 people, with seven bodies already recovered.

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