15 killed after military cargo plane crashes in Iran

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2019

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. Nearby was one of its land gear, torn away.

According to local reports, the Boeing B707 mid-size aircraft was travelling from Bishkek, Kyrgyztan when it crashed after the pilot mistook Payam International Airport, in the Alborz Province near Tehran, with another airfield.

Pirhossein Koulivand, the head of the country's emergency medical services, said of the 16 people on board the plane, only the flight engineer was known to have survived.

But a source told Fars agency that the plane belonged to the Iranian military's air force.

Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport says the cargo plane that crashed in Iran on Monday had flown from this airport, but it belonged to Iran's Payam Air.

The plane overshot the runway during its landing, Iran's aviation organisation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh told state broadcaster IRIB. AFP. It imported 150 tons in 2016 and 350 tons in 2017. The Iranian air force does operate Boeing 707s; it also has a civilian airline, SAHA. The four-engine, narrow-body aircraft were built until 1979.

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