66 People killed in plane crash in Iran
An Iranian passenger plane with 66 people on board has crashed in central Iran during a flight from Tehran to the city of Yasuj, killing all 66 people on board, according to Iranian news media reports.
The plane crashed in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom on Sunday, the news agency ISNA quoted emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi as saying.
Semirom is a remote mountain town 620km south of Tehran.
The Iranian Red Crescent said it had deployed to the area, which was quite foggy at the time of the crash.
State-run PressTV said the Aseman Airlines flight was carrying 60 passengers, including one child and six crew.
Aseman Airlines is a semi-private air carrier headquartered in Tehran that specialises in flights to remote airfields across the country, and also flies internationally.
The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop, is used for short-distance regional flying. Authorities said they would be investigating the crash.
Under decades of international sanctions, Iran’s commercial passenger aircraft fleet has aged, with air accidents occurring regularly in recent years.
Following the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Iran signed deals with both Airbus and Boeing to buy scores of passenger planes.