Iran air force cargo plane crashes, killing at least 15

14 January, 2019, 15:57 | Author: Carlos George
  • The cargo plane that crashed in Iran reportedly departed from Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport

The plane - which was carrying meat - had set off from Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, and was heading for the worldwide commercial airport in Payam, west of Tehran.

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

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.

Another official told Fars that 10 people were on board and that they were all feared killed.

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The plane overshot the runway during its landing, Iran's aviation organisation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh told state broadcaster IRIB. AFP.

Iranians often use the word "martyrdom" for those who die in war or national service. The plane had been scheduled to land at the nearby Payam International Airport, about 25 miles west of the capital. It imported 150 tons in 2016 and 350 tons in 2017.

A Boeing VC-137B, a military version of the 707, named Freedom One is seen at the Pima Air and Space Museum May 13, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. The four-engine, narrow-body aircraft were built until 1979. The air force does operate Boeing 707s. A Russian-made Ilyushin 76 carrying members of the Revolutionary Guard crashed in southeastern Iran in February 2003, killing 302 people.


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