Passenger Jet Crash In Tehran Kills 48 People

A passenger plane has crashed into a residential complex in Tehran killing all those on board, including seven children, according to state media in Iran.

The Sepahan Air flight, which had 40 passengers and eight crew members on board, went down near Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport after its engine went out shortly after take-off.

It was bound for the eastern city of Tabaswhen it crashed at around 9.18am local time (5.48am EST) in the capital on Sunday.

The country’s state-run news agency IRNAsaid: “Initial reports indicate that the 40 people aboard the plane have been killed, including seven children.”

The Iran-140 aircraft is a 52-seat passenger plane usually used for domestic flights and is built in the country with Ukrainian technology.

There have been several plane crashes in Iran which have been blamed on its ageing aircraft and poor maintenance.

The last major disaster was in January 2011, when an Iran Boeing 727 crashed during an emergency landing in a snowstorm in the northwest of the country, killing around 77 people.

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10 August 2014 | 7:54 am – Source:

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