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Boeing cargo plane with 10 people on board crashes in Iran

Boeing cargo plane with 10 people on board crashes in Iran

Fath Airport belongs to Iran's powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.

It showed footage of burning wreckage of the plane and a plume of smoke rising from the crash site. Small fires burned around it. It's about 30 miles southwest of Tehran.

The Boeing 707, which was carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan, skidded off a runway after an emergency landing in the town of Safadasht, near the Iranian capital of Tehran. In November, a commercial airline reportedly mistook Fath for Payam, but was able to abort its landing.

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

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Some Iranian media reports said 10 people were on board and that there were no survivors.

The big jet, operated by the Iranian Air Force, exploded into flames after crashing into houses near the capital of Tehran. A spokesman for Iran's civil aviation told state TV that the plane belonged to Kyrgyzstan.

Iranians often use the word "martyrdom" for those who die in war or national service.

The plane took off from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and was to have headed to the Payam airport, also located outside the capital. It imported 150 tons in 2016 and 350 tons in 2017. The four-engine, narrow-body aircraft were built until 1979. There was no immediate information on casualties.