Cargo plane crashes in Iran with several onboard

15 Dead After Military Cargo Plane Crashes In Iran

15 Dead After Military Cargo Plane Crashes In Iran

A military cargo plane crashed near the Iranian capital Tehran, the army said on Monday, with local media reporting at least 10 people onboard.

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

Conservative news agency Tasnim said it was a military cargo plane carrying meat from the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek.

The Fars news agency said 16 people were on board and one survivor has so far been found.

Air ambulances and firefighters were sent to the scene between Fath and Payam airports.

The pilot reportedly lost control of the plane after "mistaking the airport with another airfield because of bad weather".

Iranians often use the word "martyrdom" for those who die in war or national service, suggesting the aircraft may have belonged to the air force.

Iranian state television showed pictures of a plume of smoke rising from the crash site.

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

Iranian media said the crew of the flight included anywhere from eight to 16 people, with seven bodies already recovered.

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