Tehran: All 48 people on board an Iranian plane were killed Sunday when it crashed shortly after take off at the Tehran airport. An official said the crash occurred due to engine failure.
Forty 40 passengers and eight crew members were on the Antonov-140 plane which was headed to Tabas city in Khorassan province, IRNA news agency reported.
The Taban Airlines plane crashed at 9.18 a.m, Xinhua reported.
Failure in one of the plane’s engines caused the plane to crash on the northern side of Tehran-Karaj highway, Fars news agency quoted Mohammad Ilkhani, the head of Iran Airports Company, as saying.
Iran has seen several air disasters involving both civil and military aircraft in recent years.
In January 2011, an air crash near the airport of the northwestern Urmia city killed 77 people including four foreigners.