Update: Death Toll Rises to 77 in Iran Plane Crash, 27 Injured
10 Jan 2011 00:16
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Ahmadinejad Condoles over Plane Crash
Press TV | Jan 10
At least 77 people were killed and 27 injured when an IranAir-operated passenger plane crashed near the city of Orumiyeh, West Azarbaijan Province, Sunday night, IRNA quoted Head of Orumiyeh University of Medical Sciences Nosrat Molazadeh as saying on Monday.
The official added that all 27 people who were injured in the accident were transferred to hospitals in Orumiyeh.
The American-made Boeing 727 had taken off from Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, with a one-hour delay and was en route to Orumiyeh International Airport when the incident happened.
The plane reportedly approached the runway to land, but was forced to delay the touchdown due to severe winter weather conditions. The aircraft then disappeared from radar and went down in a farmland after making a second attempt to land.
Iranian Plane Crashes, 77 Passengers Killed
Fars | Jan 10
Witnesses said that the plane broke into several pieces on impact but did not explode.
Iran's relief and rescue squads rushed to the rendezvous point in less than an hour, although heavy snow complicated rescue efforts, Head of the State Emergency Centre, Gholam Reza Masoumi told FNA, adding that there was heavy fog in the area.
FNA dispatches said that all 12 crews of the plane were killed and one passenger was lost.
Meantime, an official with Iran's Road and Transportation Ministry told FNA that one of the black boxes of the plane has been found.
Iranian officials blame international sanctions for preventing the country from purchasing new American and European aircrafts and spare parts for the ones they have.
Plane with 106 People Crashes in Iran; 35 Survive
AP | Jan 9
An IranAir passenger jet carrying 106 people crashed as it was making an emergency landing Sunday in a snowstorm in the country's northwest and broke into several pieces, killing 71 of those on board, Iranian media reported. The others survived with light injuries.
The pilots of the Boeing-727, operated by Iran's national airline, attempted the emergency landing in the city of Orumiyeh after reporting a technical failure to the control tower, the semiofficial Mehr news agency reported, quoting a deputy provincial governor, Ebrahim Fatholahi.
The nature of the technical failure was unclear. A spokesman for the Iranian civil aviation organization, Abbas Mosayebi, said only that the plane "faced an incident," state TV reported.
Many Feared Dead in Iran Plane Crash
Guardian | Jan 9
Scores of people are feared dead after an Iranian passenger plane with 105 people on a flight from Tehran to Orumieh, the capital of West Azerbaijan province, crashed tonight in a rural area of north-west Iran.
The Boeing 727, belonging to the national carrier, IranAir, had been unable to land at Orumieh airport because of severe weather and came down near the southern shores of Orumieh lake.
Iran Passenger Plane Crash 'Kills 70'
BBC | Jan 9
An Iranian passenger plane with more than 100 people on board has crashed, killing at least 70 people, according to the state news agency Irna.
Thirty-two people were injured, the agency said, quoting deputy head of the Iranian Red Crescent Heidar Heidari.
The IranAir plane was flying from the capital Tehran when it came down near the north-western city of Orumiyeh -- which was its final destination.
Reports said it crashed in bad weather, and snow was hampering rescue efforts.