Cargo plane crashes at airport near Tehran, 7 bodies found

Blanche Robertson
January 14, 2019

Images carried by Iran's state-run media showed the burned-out tail of the plane sticking out, surrounded by charred homes.

A Boeing 707 cargo plane crashed in Iran Monday, killing at least eight people on board, according to Iranian state media. It's about 30 miles southwest of Tehran. Authorities did not immediately offer a reason for the mistake, though they said the Iranian crew had declared an emergency prior to landing. Its runway is some 1,100-meters (3,600-feet) long, compared to Payam's 3,600 meters (11,800 feet).

"We don't have clear information about the details of the crash", said the head of Iran's emergency department, Pir Hossein Koolivand.

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

The big jet, operated by the Iranian Air Force, exploded into flames after crashing into houses near the capital of Tehran.

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

The plane is believed to have taken off from Bishkek Manas International Airport in Kyrgyzstan before making an emergency landing.

The plane was reportedly carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan. It imported 150 tons in 2016 and 350 tons in 2017.

It was later confirmed it belonged to Iran's air force. There was no immediate information on casualties. However, Iran has struggled obtaining parts for its aging fleet of airlines, almost all purchased during the time of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The air force does operate Boeing 707s.

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