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Cargo plane crashes in Iran, killing 13: army

AFP  |  Tehran 

A military cargo plane overshot a runway, crashed and caught fire during a botched landing near the Iranian capital Tehran, killing 13 people, the said Monday.

The plane was carrying meat from Bishkek in when it crashed near the capital Tehran, the said in a statement, adding that "13 of the plane's personnel were killed".

The charred remains of a plane's fuselage with Iranian colours, its nose wedged through the wall of what appeared to be a house, were seen in photographs obtained by AFP.

Wreckage including a landing gear and a mangled jet engine were scattered nearby.

"A (Boeing) cargo 707 place carrying meat took off from Bishkek in and had an emergency landing at this morning," the 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." is in province, just northwest of

The agency, considered close to the military, earlier said there were 16 people onboard and that only the had survived.

State broadcaster IRIB showed footage of burning wreckage.

Investigators found the plane's black box, which will provide more details about the crash, deputy governor told agency.

Pictures published by showed the charred carcasses of the animals on board, still smouldering inside one of the buildings the plane smashed into.

carried a video showing emergency teams cutting through the plane's nose, which had penetrated what it said was an empty residential complex.

Iran's ageing air fleet has had a string of crashes in recent years.

Iran's was ordered to ground its fleet of planes in February last year after one of them crashed in the Zagros mountains, killing all 66 people onboard.

has been subject to tough US sanctions for years, hindering the purchase of new aeroplanes and critical spare parts for the US-made planes in its air force, Air and domestic airlines.

Hopes of a change in the situation were dashed last May when pulled out of a landmark 2015 deal over Iran's nuclear programme, reimposing sanctions that had been lifted as part of the multilateral accord.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 17:00 IST
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