Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Iran air force cargo plane crashes, killing at least 15

Iran air force cargo plane crashes, killing at least 15

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.

A cargo plane with 16 people on board has crashed near an airport runway in Iran.

The Boeing 707 cargo plane that crashed in Iran on Monday belongs to Kyrgyzstan, Iranian state TV reported. Earlier on Monday, a spokesman for Iran's civil aviation told had told state TV that the plane belonged to Kyrgyzstan, while a spokeswoman for Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport said the plane belonged to Iran's Payam Air.

"We don't have clear information about the details of the crash", said the head of Iran's emergency department, Pirhossein Kolivand. Iranian media reported seven bodies from the crash had already been recovered.

IRIB said the plane hit a building after the pilot chose the wrong runway while trying to land at Fath airport in Alborz province, just east of Tehran.

It showed footage of burning wreckage in a wooded area.

Iranian state television showed a plume of smoke rising from the crash site.

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