Bodies of 45 plane crash victims found in Iran (UPDATED)
Based on the latest reports released from the site of Tehran-Yasouj plane crash, bodies of 45 victims have been recovered and efforts are underway to find other bodies, IRNA reports.
Announcing the above late Tuesday, Governor General of Kohkilouyeh-Buyerahmad province Ali Mohammad Ahmadi said that weather conditions in the region was better Tuesday morning.
He further noted that given severe weather conditions and difficulties faced by the rescuers to access the area, it was not possible to undertake heliborne operations and rescue forces could get there via land only.
21:58 (GMT +4) Iranian rescue workers have spotted the bodies of 30 passengers of an Aseman Airliner that crashed with 66 people on board in the country’s mountainous southwest on Sunday, Press TV reports.
Mountain climbers and rescue workers who had reached the site of the plane crash said on Tuesday that 15 of the bodies were identifiable, Fars news agency reported.
According to eyewitnesses, the plane is probably buried under avalanche.
Moreover, rescue and search operation at the 4,500 meter altitude is becoming extremely difficult due to the steep slope of the site of the crash as well as the two-meter snow in the area. Meanwhile, more snowfall is expected in the coming hours.
At present, seven helicopters as well as nearly 100 rescue workers and mountain climbers, including Himalayan climbers, are continuing the search operation in the area.