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50 of 105 survive Iran Air crash

2011-01-09 20:57

Tehran - Fifty of the 105 passengers and crew on board an Iran Air plane which crashed in bad weather on Sunday survived the accident, Iran's emergency services chief and media said.

"So far no reports of death have been reported to me," said emergency services head Gholam Reza Masoumi told Fars news agency. "But 50 injured people out of the 105 on board have come of the plane alive."

The Iran Air plane crashed near the northwestern city of Orumiyeh at around 16:15 GMT, an official in West Azerbaijan province said, quoted on state television's website.

"The aircraft took off an hour later than scheduled time from Tehran towards Orumiyeh and because of bad weather conditions came down in a village area near Orumiyeh," the unidentified official said.

Fars news agency said 105 people people were believed to be on board and that the aircraft was a US-made Boeing.