Plane carrying 66 people crashes, killing everyone on board

2018-02-18 10:54
(iStock)

(iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Tehran – An Iranian commercial aircraft carrying 66 people crashed, killing everyone on board, on Sunday in southern Iran, a semi-official news agency reported.

A spokesperson for Iran's Aseman Airlines has told state TV that an airplane crash in southern Iran has killed all 66 people who were on board.

Mohammad Taghi Tabatabai spoke to state TV on Sunday. He says the flight carried 60 passengers, including one child, and six crew members.

He says the plane crashed in Mount Dena, which is some 440 metres tall.

The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near the remote mountain town of Semirom, some 620km south of the capital, Tehran.

Ageing aircraft fleet

Fars news agency said the plane was flying from Tehran to the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780km south of the Iranian capital.

Aseman Airlines is a semi-private air carrier headquartered in Tehran that specialises in flights to remote airfields across the country. It also flies internationally.

The Iranian Red Crescent said it has deployed to the area, which was quite foggy at the time of the crash. Authorities said they would be investigating.

Under decades of international sanctions, Iran's commercial passenger aircraft fleet has aged, with air accidents occurring regularly in recent years.

Following the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, Iran signed deals with both Airbus and Boeing to buy scores of passenger planes.

Read more on:    iran  |  plane crashes  |  aviation accidents

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.