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48 reported dead after plane crashes near Tehran airport


08-10-2014 17:18 BJT

Full coverage: Passenger plane crashes near Iran's capital, 40 killed

Iranian state television reports that 48 people, including seven children, have been killed in a plane crash in Tehran.

The Iran-140 aircraft, carrying 40 passengers and eight crew members, crashed in a residential area shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Mehrabad airport on Sunday morning. No information was available on whether anyone on the ground was injured. The plane, operated by Sepahan Air, was heading to Tabas, a town in eastern Iran. IRNA news agency reported that an engine shutdown caused the crash.

Earlier reports gave differing information, saying the plane was an Iran-141 aircraft, operated by Taban Airlines. Iran has seen several air disasters involving both civil and military use aircraft in recent years.

In the last incident in January 2011, an airplane crash near the airport of the northwestern city of Urmia killed 77 people, including four foreigners.

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