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Boeing 707 Kyrgyz cargo plane crashes west of Tehran, 15 crew feared killed, 1 survives

The plane hit a building after the pilot chose the wrong runway.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: January 14, 2019 16:45 IST ]
Image Source : AP/ REPRESENTATIVE

Military cargo plane crashes in Iran

A Boeing 707 Kyrgyz cargo plane with 16 people onboard crashed west of Tehran, Iran’s state TV reported on Monday, adding 15 crew members were feared killed in the mishap. According to the local media, a fire engulfed the plane immediately after the crash in the town of Safadasht, nearly 50 kilometers, or 30 miles southwest of Tehran.

An Iranian emergency management official has told state TV that 16 people were on board a Boeing 707 cargo plane that crashed west of Tehran and that there is only one known survivor.

Rescue teams, including helicopter and ambulances were rushed to the site of the crash, it said.  

The accident took place as the plane was making a landing approach amid bad weather conditions and headed the wrong airport.

The plane hit a building after the pilot chose the wrong runway while trying to land at Fath airport in Alborz province, just east of Tehran.

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