Wednesday 19 December 2018

Plane crash in southern Iran kills all 66 people on board - reports

Aseman is Iran's third-largest airline by fleet size, behind state carrier Iran Air and Mahan Air REUTERS
Aseman is Iran's third-largest airline by fleet size, behind state carrier Iran Air and Mahan Air REUTERS
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A commercial plane carrying 66 people has crashed in southern Iran killing all on board.

The report from the semi-official Fars news agency said the plane crashed near the remote mountain town of Semirom, 620 kilometres (390 miles) south of the capital Tehran.

The report identified the plane as an ATR-72. It said the plane was flying from Tehran to the southern Iranian city of Yasuj.

A spokesman for Aseman Airlines later confirmed to state TV that the plane crash killed all 66 people on board.

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 new passenger planes.

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