Plane With 66 Aboard Crashes in Southern Iran

Plane With 66 Aboard Crashes in Southern Iran

A passenger plane carrying 66 people has crashed in southern Iran, the country's semi-official Fars news agency reported.

The plane came down in the Zagros mountains near the city of Semirom in Isfahan province while flying between Tehran and the south-western city of Yasuj, reports say.

The Russian Embassy in Tehran is verifying whether Russian nationals were on board of a plane that crashed in Iran, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday. "Unfortunately, all our dear ones lost their lives in this incident", Mohammad Tabatabai, public relations director for Aseman Airlines, told state broadcaster IRIB.

The plane carried over 60 people disappeared from radar at 8:00 am local time, according to the Chief of Iran's emergency service.

He added: "After searches in the area, unfortunately we were informed that the plane crashed".

After the 2015 nuclear deal, the country signed deals to buy new passenger planes, including a $536m (£382m) deal with ATR last April for at least 20 aircraft. Authorities said they would be investigating.

Under decades of worldwide sanctions, Iran's commercial passenger aircraft fleet has aged, with air accidents occurring regularly in recent years.

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