Embassy: No Azerbaijani citizens among victims of Iran air crash (UPDATE)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 10 / Trend S.Agayeva /
The Azerbaijani Embassy in Tehran told Trend that there are no Azerbaijani citizens among the identified dead and injured passengers aboard the plane that crashed on Sunday.
Earlier, the Azerbaijani Embassy sent a request to the relevant state bodies of Iran to ascertain whether Azerbaijani citizens registered in the list of passengers aboard the plane that crashed on Sunday.
The probability of the presence of Azerbaijani citizens among the passengers is small, since the crashed airliner was on a domestic flight, the embassy said.
According to preliminary data, there are no Azerbaijani citizens among the dead and wounded.
Iran Air's Boeing-727 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.
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.