Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Eight killed as Boeing cargo plane crashes in Iran

Eight killed as Boeing cargo plane crashes in Iran

The plane went down at about 8:30 a.m. local time in the capital Tehran, Iran's emergency services chief Pir Hossein Koolivand told state media outlet IRIB.

The aircraft, believed to be a Boeing 707 transporting cargo, mistakenly landed in Fath Airport near Karaj, a residential area near Iran's capital, but lost control and overshot the runway.

An Iranian Boeing 707 cargo plane coming from Kyrgyzstan crashed on Monday while trying to land west of Iran's capital, state media reported, with an emergency official saying only one person of the 16 on board was known to have survived.

"We don't have clear information about the details of the crash", said the head of Iran's emergency department, Pir Hossein Koolivand.

Iranian state television aired images of smoke-charred homes and the fuselage of the aircraft lying on the ground in the neighborhood.

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Reports say the plane was flying from Bishkek Kirgizstan, but mistakenly landed at Fat'h airport instead of Payam airport and the pilot could not control the plane on the runway.

Iran's air force said in a statement that the fate of the crew, including their possible 'martyrdom, ' is under investigation.

The plane was reportedly carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan.

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

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