A Boeing 707 military cargo aircraft crashed in bad weather this morning west of the Iranian capital Tehran killing 15 out of the 16 people on board, according to reports.
Reuters reports that the Iranian army said in a statement that the flight engineer survived and was taken to hospital.
The 707 cargo aircraft went down near Fath Airport, near Karaj in the central Iranian province of Alborz. It was reportedly carrying meat from Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan had an emergency landing at the airport.
The army said the aircraft exited the runway during the landing and caught fire after hitting the wall at the end of the runway. Rescue teams have attended the crash site between the airports Fath and Payam.
Reuters reports there was some confusion over who owned the aircraft as Iran’s civil aviation told had told state TV it belonged to Kyrgyzstan, while a spokeswoman for Kyrgyzstan’s Manas Airport said the aircraft belonged to Iran’s Payam Air.
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