An Iranian passenger plane with 66 people on board crashed in central Iran on Sunday (18 February) during a flight from Tehran to the city of Yasuj in southwestern Iran.
The plane crashed in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom.
The Aseman Airlines plane - which had reportedly made an emergency landing earlier this month - was flying from the capital Tehran to Yasuj when it vanished from radar about 50 minutes after take-off.
The airline told Iranian media that all 60 passengers and six crew members on the ATR 72 twin-engine turboprop plane were killed.
Witnesses told local media that it appeared the aircraft was trying to make an emergency landing on a pasture before it crashed in the Dena mountain range.
A crash site was found near Semirom in Isfahan province, but a helicopter carrying rescuers was unable to immediately land due to bad weather, it was reported.
The plane took off from Tehran's Mehrabad Airport at about 5am on a roughly 90-minute journey to Yasuj, but soon disappeared from radar screens, sparking a wide search.
The six crew members were the two pilots, two flight attendants and two security officers.
February 18, 2018