Cargo plane crashes near Tehran, bodycount rises to 15 (PHOTO/VIDEO) (UPDATING)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 14
By Elnur Baghishov - Trend:
16:57 (GMT +4) Mehrdad Alibakhshi, the director of the crisis management department of Iran’s forensic medicine organization, said 15 bodies were found and recovered from the cargo plane that crashed near Tehran, Trend reports via Tasnim News Agency.
Bodies of nine men and one woman were found and the work to indentify the remaining five bodies continues, he said.
Flight engineer Farshad Mahdavinejad is the only survivor in the accident and he has been hospitalized, Alibakhshi added.
15:30 (GMT +4) General Shahin Taghikhani, the Iranian army spokesman, noted that 13 people were killed in the cargo plane crash near Tehran, Trend reports, referring to the statement of the official website of Iran's army.
Previously, spokesman of Iran’s emergency services Mojtaba Khaledi said that one woman and eight men were killed in the accident.
14:05 (GMT +4) The cargo plane that crashed near Tehran, Iran, has claimed the lives of nine people, said spokesman of Iran's emergency organization, Mojtaba Khaledi, Trend reports citing IRNA.
13:25 (GMT +4) General Shahin Taghikhani, the Iranian army spokesman, said in an interview with Iran’s state news TV channel that the crashed cargo plane belonged to the Iranian army.
12:28 (GMT +4) Latest reports claim the crashed plane was transporting meat to Iran from Kyrgyzstan.
Iran’s emergency service chief, Pirhossein Kolivand, referring to the flight engineer, said that 16 passengers were on board.
11:42 (GMT +4) Nasser Charkhsaz, the head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), said the plane was heading to Karaj’s Payam International Airport. It crashed at Fath Airport for reasons still unclear, he noted.
Because the runway was short, the plane went off it, collided with nearby residential areas and fire broke out.
Meanwhile, Iran’s emergency service chief, Pirhossein Kolivand, said seven bodies have been found and recovered from the crash site so far.
The flight engineer is alive and has been taken to a hospital, he added.
10:51 (GMT +4) A Boeing 707 cargo plane has crashed while landing in Fath Airport, located in Karaj in Iran's Alborz Province, 40 kilometers west of the capital Tehran, Spokesman for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization Reza Jafarzadeh told Mehr News Agency, Trend reports.
He said the plane took off from Bishkek heading to Karaj’s Payam International Airport, but, mistakenly tried to land in Fath Ariport.
Reportedly, 10 crew members were on board. A helicopter, ambulance cars, as well as firefighter teams have been sent to the scene.