Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Boeing cargo plane with 10 people on board crashes in Iran

Boeing cargo plane with 10 people on board crashes in Iran

A spokesman for Iran's civil aviation told state TV earlier that the plane - which was reportedly carrying meat - belongs to Kyrgyzstan.

Fath airport is in Alborz province, just east of Tehran.

It was not immediately clear who owned the plane.

Officials are continuing to search for bodies in the wreckage. Images showed the burned-out tail of the plane sticking out, surrounding by charred homes.

The report said that the plane hit a building near the airport after the pilot lost control of the aircraft and ran out of space to land.

The Fars news agency, considered close to the military, said there were 16 people onboard and that only the flight engineer had survived.

The big jet, operated by the Iranian Air Force, exploded into flames after crashing into houses near the capital of Tehran.

"Details of the accident and martrydom or injury of the flight team is still being investigated", the army said.

Iranians often use the word "martyrdom" for those who die in war or national service, suggesting the aircraft may have belonged to the air force.

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

IRIB initially said there were 10 people onboard.

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