Iran: 70 confirmed dead in jet crash in northwest

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 9, 2011 22:40

TEHERAN, Iran — An IranAir passenger jet carrying around 100 people crashed as it was making an emergency landing Sunday in a snowstorm in the country's northwest and broke into several pieces, killing 70 of those on board, Iranian media reported. The others survived with light injuries.

It was not clear what caused the Boeing-727, operated by Iran's national airline, to attempt an emergency landing in the city of Orumiyeh, 460 miles (700 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Teheran. A spokesman for the Iranian civil aviation organization, Abbas Mosayebi, said only that the plane "faced an incident," state TV reported.

The network also said the aircraft disappeared from radar and went down in farmland after making a second attempt to land. There was no word on what might have caused the crash.

Thirty-two people survived, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported, quoting Heidar Heidari, an official with Iran's Red Crescent Society. He put the number of confirmed dead at 70.


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