The aircraft went down west of Tehran after “mistaking the airport with another airfield” due bad weather, it was claimed
At least nine people are feared dead after a cargo plane crashed and exploded into flames near homes close to Iran’s capital.
The Boeing 707 went down west of Tehran after “mistaking the airport with another airfield because of the bad weather”, according to reports.
Reports said nine or 10 people were on board the aircraft when it crashed near Fath airport in the central Iranian province of Alborz.
It was not immediately clear who owned the plane.
A spokesman for Iran’s civil aviation told state TV that the plane belonged to Kyrgyzstan.
A spokeswoman for Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport said the plane, en route from Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport, belonged to Iran’s Payam Air, Reuters reported.
The head of Iran’s emergency department, Pirhossein Kolivand, said: “We don’t have clear information about the details of the crash.”
One report said nine, while another official told Fars that 10 people were on board and that they were all feared killed.
The plane crash-landed after “mistaking the airport with another airfield because of the bad weather”, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
Iran has suffered multiple aviation disasters in recent years.
In February last year, an Aseman Airlines passenger plane crashed into a mountain in central Iran on a flight from Tehran to Yasuj, killing all 66 people on board.