Iranian airliner skids off runway killing 17

July 24, 2009 19:36

An Iranian passenger plane burst into flames and skidded off the runway as it was landing in a northeastern city, killing 17 people, an Iranian state news agency reported. Footage from Iran's PressTV showed the front end of the plane had been sheared off, leaving wreckage where the cockpit had once been. The rest of the plane appeared largely intact, though it rested awkwardly on its tail. The Russian-made Ilyushin plane from the privately owned Aria Airlines was carrying 153 passengers and flew from the capital Teheran to the northeastern city of Mashhad, 1,000 kilometers away. Local official Ghahrman Rashid told the state news agency that another 19 people were injured in the crash and that all survivors had been evacuated from the scene.

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