Passenger Plane Crashes In Iran, Killing All 40 Aboard

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Iran’s Flag-Feb. 10, 2012
Iranian flags are seen on a square in Tehran in this file photograph taken Feb. 10, 2012.

A Taban Air passenger plane crashed into a residential area of Iran’s capital city of Tehran Sunday, killing all 40 people aboard, according to multiple media reports, which cited the country’s official Islamic Republic News Agency and its state television service as their sources. Seven children were among the passengers.

The plane crashed in the vicinity of Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport, Agence France-Presse reported:

The crash of the Iran-141 occurred during takeoff, the Associated Press said. It described the Iran-141 as a model produced in Iran with Ukrainian technology.

The plane was headed from Tehran to Tabas when it crashed into the Azad residential block on Mina 6 Boulevard, Reuters said, while noting it is not yet known whether anyone on the ground was injured or killed.

IRNA reported an engine shutdown caused the crash, according to Reuters.

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