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1 survivor, 16 dead in crash of a cargo plane in Iran



The emergency crews in Iran responded on Monday to a plane crash at an airport about 25 miles west of Tehran, where all but one of the 1

6-man crew were killed, the country reports said.

The crew aboard the Boeing 707, which brought meat from Kyrgyzstan, declared a state of emergency and attempted an unscheduled landing at Fath Airport, which is part of the famous Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The plane slid off the runway and crashed into a wall and into a residential area.

The plane had gone up in flames when the rescue teams arrived. The Sun, citing local reports, said the pilot may have landed by mistake on the site.

The Iranian Air Force said in a statement that the fate of the occupation, including its possible "martyrdom", is under investigation. It was not immediately clear to whom the plane belongs, although Secretary General Shahin Taghikhani, an army spokesman, told the state television that the plane and its crew were Iranians.

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Iranians often use the word "martyrdom" for those who die in war or national service, suggesting that the plane may have belonged to the Air Force. The Iranian Air Force operates Boeing 707s; It also has a civil airline, SAHA.

The Associated Press Contributed to This Report


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