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15 dead after Iranian military plane crashes near Tehran

Rescuers examine a Boeing 707 cargo plane that crashed into a residential complex near the Iranian capital Tehran with 10 people onboard on January 14, 2019
HASAN SHIRVANI (MIZAN NEWS/AFP)
Only one person on board survived the crash

A military cargo plane overshot a runway, crashed and caught fire during a botched landing near the Iranian capital Tehran, killing 14 people, the army said Monday.

The plane reportedly failed to reach the runway, crashing into a residential complex near the Iranian capital of Tehran.

The Boeing 707 plane was carrying meat from Bishkek in Kyrgystan when it crashed near Tehran, the army said in a statement.

"The plane had 16 passengers, 14 of whom were the army crew and two were civilians; 15 were martyred," spokesman Amir Taghikhani said. "One, the flight engineer, was injured and is currently in hospital."

The charred remains of a plane's fuselage with Iranian Air Force colors, its nose wedged through the wall of what appeared to be a house, could be seen in photographs published online.

"The plane was a cargo Boeing 707 that overshot the runway during its landing," Iran's aviation organisation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh told state broadcaster IRIB.HASAN SHIRVANI (MIZAN NEWS/AFP)

The Fars news agency, considered close to the military, earlier said there were 16 people onboard and that only the flight engineer had survived.

Fath airport is in Alborz province, just northwest of Tehran.

"It exited the runway during the landing and caught fire after hitting the wall at the end of the runway," the army statement said.

State broadcaster IRIB showed footage of burning wreckage, while several agencies showed teams of rescue workers around the charred fusilage.

"Details of the accident and martrydom or injury of the flight team is still being investigated," the army said.

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