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plane with 66 people on board crashed in central Iran

International Desk 2018-02-18 15:51:06

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