Iran's passenger plane crash kills all 66 people on board
2018-02-18 17:47:00

An Iranian passenger plane crashed into the Dena mountain on Sunday morning and all the 66 people on board were killed, the spokesman for the Iranian Aviation Organisation said.

An Iranian passenger plane flying from the capital Tehran to Yasuj city in the central Iran crashed on Sunday morning into the Zagros mountains with 66 people on board, according to the spokesman of Iranian Aviation Organization.

The ATR turboprop aircraft belonging to Iran Aseman Airlines had taken off from the capital at 05:00 am local time (0130 GMT) but crashed near Bideh village of the central city of Semirom.

Pir-Hossein Koulivand, the head of Iran's Emergency Medical Services, said the plane crashed only 185.2 kilometers (113 miles) before reaching Yasuj, Press TV reported.

The plane had disappeared from the radar screen 50 minutes after taking off from Tehran, with 60 passengers and six crew members on board.

The crisis management bureau of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province met this morning and emergency teams were dispatched to the region; however, the survey by the helicopters is impossible due to the bad weather condition, state IRIB TV reported.

Source:Xinhua Editor:Hiram