Eight killed as Boeing cargo plane crashes in Iran

Iran Karaj airport plane crash: Boeing 707 smash leaves 10 feared dead | Daily Star

Iran's Red Crescent Society has dispatched eight rescue teams, including several ambulances and a helicopter, to the site.

Iran's state TV says a Boeing 707 Kyrgyz cargo plane has crashed west of Tehran amid severe weather and that there are fears all 10 crew members have been killed.

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

The big jet, operated by the Iranian Air Force, exploded into flames after crashing into houses near the capital of Tehran.

"The plane was a cargo Boeing 707 that overshot the runway during its landing", Iran's aviation organisation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh told state broadcaster IRIB.


Yet a spokeswoman for Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport said the plane belonged to Iran's Payam Air, Reuters reported.

Iranians often use the word "martyrdom" for those who die in war or national service, suggesting the aircraft may have belong to the air force.

It showed footage of burning wreckage in a wooded area.

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

There were no reports about the fate of those on board.

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