One of missing people in Iran airplane crash found (Update 9) (PHOTO)
Information was added on missing people, number of dead and injured was specified (previous news was posted at 10:15)
One of the missing people during the crash of Boeing-727 airplane, owned by Iran Air, was found, Iranian Deputy Transport Minister on Emergency Situations Ahmed Medjidi told Fars news agency.
He said the rescued passenger is injured, adding that the name of the second missing person, was probably written incorrectly in the passengers' list.
The Boeing-727 airplane, owned by Iran Air, crashed on Sunday in West Azerbaijan Province, Fars news agency reported quoting Medjidi.
He said the aircraft en route from Tehran to Urmia made an emergency landing for unknown reasons and crashed.
Seventy-seven people, including 12 crew members, died, while 26 people were injured and two have been missing, the Fars agency reported Monday morning. The Mehr agency reported that one of the black boxes of the passenger aircraft was found.
Earlier, 12 crew members' death has been reported.
The exact cause of the crash is still not known. Iranian Road and Transportation Minister Hamid Behbahani, who rushed to the crash site Sunday night, said the plane's black box would need to be studied before more details could be announced. He also noted that there would be interviews with survivors of the crash, Iranian Press TV agency reported.
However, according to the Iranian Mehr news agency, the representative of West Azerbaijan Province's administration said that last time the pilot established contact with the dispatcher shortly before the emergency landing and he had announced that the plane had a technical problem on board.
Due to the emergency landing and low visibility, the airplane crashed and broke down.
There were difficulties during search operations on the scene due to bad weather conditions.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered his condolences to the families of the crash victims.
In connection with the tragedy, a three-day mourning has been declared in the Iranian province of West Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijani Embassy in Iran, told Trend, that so far they have no information if there were Azerbaijani citizens on board of the crashed aircraft.
Iran has a history of frequent air accidents blamed on its aging aircraft, Press TV reported.
In Jan. 2010 a TU-154 airplane steered by Russian crew crashed at the airport of the Iranian city of Meshhed leaving 46 passengers injured.
On July 24, 2009, IL-62 crashed in Iran leaving 16 dead including 13 crew members. The plane went beyond the runway and collided with a concrete barrier.
On July 5, 2009, a TU-154 airplane en route from Tehran to Yerevan crashed in the suburbs of the Iranian city of Kazvin. All 168 people on board the plane died.