Cargo plane crashes in Iran with 10 onboard


A military cargo plane crashed near the Iranian capital Tehran with at least 10 people onboard, local media reported on Monday, January 14.

The pilot was unable to control the Boeing 707 jet on landing at Fath airport and it veered off the runway, crashing into a wall and then a nearby residential area, according to Fars.

Authorities did not immediately offer a reason for the crew's decision to land there, though they said the crew had declared an emergency prior to land. Its runway is some 1,100-meters (3,600-feet) long, compared to Payam's 3,600 meters (11,800 feet).

The head of Iran's emergency department, Pirhossein Kolivand, said earlier: "We don't have clear information about the details of the crash".

The plane went down at about 8:30 a.m. local time in the capital Tehran, Iran's emergency services chief Pir Hossein Koolivand told state media outlet IRIB.

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The plane reportedly was carrying a cargo of meat from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan's capital, to Iran.

The plane was reportedly carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan.

The Iranian air force does operate Boeing 707s and it also has a civilian airline, SAHA.

Maintenance information regarding the Boeing 707 that crashed Monday was not immediately available.