39 dead in Iran plane crash

39 dead in Iran plane crash
Iranian security forces secure the scene of a plane crash near Tehran's Mehrabad airport on August 10, 2014.

An Iranian passenger plane crashed yesterday soon after take-off from Tehran, killing at least 39 on board and narrowly avoiding many more deaths when it fell in a street, near a busy market.

The plane was headed for the eastern city of Tabas, the Irna and Fars news agencies said, when it crashed yesterday morning after leaving Mehrabad airport.

It triggered a fireball when it smashed into the capital's Azadi neighbourhood, close to where hundreds of military families live, and only a few hundred metres from a row of shops.

Iran's deputy transport minister, Mr Ahmad Majidi, said the plane had 40 passengers - including six children - and eight crew members on board.

A fire official initially said all on board had been killed but Fars later reported that 37 bodies were sent to the morgue.

Two others died later and Irna said nine people remained hospitalised, two of them in critical condition.

This article was first published on August 11, 2014.
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