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Iran Cargo Plane Crashes Near Residential Neighborhood

Iran Cargo Plane Crashes Near Residential Neighborhood

Monday, 14 January, 2019 - 10:15
Emergency services work at the scene of the wreckage of a Boeing 707 cargo plane that crashed while landing at Fath airport, Iran, 14 January 2019. EPA
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An Iranian Boeing 707 cargo plane coming from Kyrgyzstan crashed on Monday while trying to land west of Iran's capital, state media reported, with an emergency official saying only one person of the 16 on board was known to have survived.

Fire immediately engulfed the aircraft after it skidded off a runway and crashed into a wall separating the Fath Airport from a residential neighborhood.

"A (Boeing) cargo 707 plane carrying meat took off from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and had an emergency landing at Fath airport this morning," the Iranian army said in a statement on its website.

"It exited the runway during the landing and caught fire after hitting the wall at the end of the runway," the army statement said.

Images carried by Iran's state-run media showed the burned-out tail of the plane sticking out, surrounded by charred homes.

Pirhossein Koulivand, the head of the country's emergency medical services, said of the 16 people on board the plane, only the flight engineer was known to have survived.

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