15 die as military cargo plane crashes in Iran

Frederick Owens
January 14, 2019

The plane initially reportedly had 10 people on board, but that figure later rose to 16.

The aircraft, believed to be a Boeing 707 transporting cargo, mistakenly landed in Fath Airport near Karaj, a residential area near Iran's capital, but lost control and overshot the runway.

A Boeing 707 cargo plane with nine people on board crashed on Monday near Iran's Fath airport, west of the capital, Tehran, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, adding that there was no immediate information on casualties.

It was flying from Kyrgyzstan to Karaj Payam airport in Iran, but reportedly ended up landing at Fath Airport near Tehran.

It was not immediately clear who owned the plane.

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

Images carried by Iran's state-run media showed the burned-out tail of the plane sticking out, surrounded by charred homes. Fars news agency said a helicopter and several rescue teams had been sent to the crash site.

Iranians often use the word "martyrdom" for those who die in war or national service.

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

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