Boeing 707 cargo plane crashes near Tehran

Lester Mason
January 14, 2019

The Fars news agency, considered close to the military, said there were 16 people onboard and that only the flight engineer had survived.

The Boeing 707 cargo plane that crashed in Iran on Monday belongs to Kyrgyzstan, Iranian state TV reported.

The Farsi News Agency reported that a Boeing 707 cargo plane crashed when it ran out of runway while attempting to land at an airport in the city of Karaj, which is near Tehran.

The plane "overshot the runway during its landing", Reza Jafarzadeh, a spokesman for Iran's aviation organisation, told broadcaster IRIB.

The army's statement came after some confusion over who owned the plane.

Rescuers say the bodies of seven people have been recovered with searches continuing.

'It exited the runway during the landing and caught fire after hitting the wall at the end of the runway, ' the army statement said.

A spokeswoman for the Manas airport said the plane belonged to Iran's Payam Air.

Iranian state television showed a plume of smoke rising from the crash site.

It was later confirmed it belonged to Iran's air force.

Some Iranian media reports said 10 people were on board and that there were no survivors.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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