Plane Crashes in Iran With 66 on Board


An Iranian passenger plane carrying 66 people crashed Sunday in a remote mountainous area in Iran, killing all those aboard.
The Aseman Airlines flight was en route from Tehran to Yasuj, a small city in southern Iran, when it disappeared from the radar at around 8:50 a.m. local time, a spokesman for the carrier told state TV, adding that all on board were presumed dead. It was carrying 60 passengers and six crew, he said.
Iranian carriers at times have struggled with poor safety records, hobbled by a lack of access to spare parts and new planes for aging fleets because of yearslong Western sanctions.
The crash Sunday also marked a setback for aviation security globally. The incident marks the second major fatal accident this month after the global airline industry avoided fatalities in commercial jetliner operations during all of 2017. A Russian plane crashed on Feb. 11, killing all 71 people aboard.
Iranian emergency crews had yet to reach the crash site in the central Isfahan province by midday, an emergency-response official told state media. Bad weather prevented helicopters from flying there, and emergency crews were trying to reach the area by road.
The plane was manufactured by ATR, which makes aircraft for regional flights, Reza Jafarzadeh, the spokesman for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, told state TV.

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