At least 70 dead as Iran Air plane crashes

Published January 9th, 2011 - 09:17 GMT
Plane crashed
Plane crashed

At least 70 people were killed as a Boeing 727 airliner with state-run Iran Air crashed on Sunday near a northwestern city in bad weather. According to press reports, 105 people were on board. 

"Based on information received so far, 70 people have been killed and 32 injured" in the crash, Heydar Heydari, deputy head of the Iranian Red Crescent, told state news agency IRNA. 

The plane with the country's national carrier crashed near the northwestern city of Orumiyeh at around 7:45 pm (1615 GMT), an official in West Azerbaijan province said, quoted on state television's website. The governor-general of West Azerbaijan, Vahid Jalalzadeh, told state television that "all the bodies and the injured have been transferred to different hospitals in the city" of Orumiyeh. According to Jalalzadeh, the pilot had lost contact with the airport before the airliner disappeared off the radar. 

IRNA reported that bad weather around Orumiyeh had earlier led to the cancellation of two flights from Tehran on Sunday. 


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