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Plane crashes into residential area in Tehran

Jet carrying 48 passengers and crew got into trouble after taking off from Mehrabad airport on Sunday morning

Plane crashes into residential area in Tehran
Images on Twitter from the scene at Tehrans Mehrabad airport on Sunday morning.

A Sepahan Air Iran-140 plane bound for Tabas in
northeast Iran crashed in a residential area after taking off from Tehran's
Mehrabad airport on Sunday morning, killing all 48 passengers and crew, Iranian
state media reported.

The Civil Aviation Authority said the passengers
included two infants and three children under the age of 12, the official
Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

The plane crashed into the Azad residential block
on Mina 6 Boulevard, IRNA reported. State television reported at least three
people in the area were taken to hospital with burns.

A photograph on IRNA's website showed a huge plume
of black smoke billowing over traffic standing at a road intersection. A
photograph from the Iran Student News Agency showed a charred tailfin lying on
the ground.

A spokesman for Tehran's Fire Department was quoted
by IRNA as saying the bodies are being transported to the coroner's office.

IRNA reported that an engine shutdown caused the
crash. Iran's aviation sector has suffered repeated crashes which have been
blamed by Iranian politicians on international sanctions.

Those sanctions have restricted Iranian carriers
from buying new aircraft. For years, planes have been kept in service through
parts imported on the black market, cannibalised from other planes or
reproduced locally, aviation sources say.

The plane that crashed - an Iran-140 - is a locally
assembled version of the Antonov-140.

Iran's four largest carriers - Iran Air, Iran
Aseman Airlines, Mahan Air and Iran Air Tours - all have average fleet ages
above 22 years, Iranian media have reported. They serve a market of 76 million

US companies Boeing Co and General Electric Co
have said they are seeking to export parts to Iran under the agreement for
sanctions relief.

The chief of Iran Air said the airline will need at
least 100 passenger jets once sanctions against the country are lifted.

Mehrabad is located in a western suburb of Tehran
and mainly functions as a domestic airport, although it also serves some
international routes.

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H. Dadlani 6 years ago

It is such sad news to hear about the crash !

May ALLAH rest their soul's in Peace.

We offer our prayer's to the deceased and their beloved family members.

Mahmood 6 years ago

Another heart breaking air crash news. we offer our condolences to the families of the lost ones. May ALLAH rest their soles in peace.