Iranian plane crash kills all 66 on board

An Iranian commercial aircraft carrying 66 people crashed on Sunday in the southern part of the country, with a spokesperson for the airline confirming to state television that all were killed as a result.

Mohammad Taghi Tabatabai of Aseman Airlanes said the flight carried 60 passengers, including one child, and six crew members. He said the plane crashed in Mount Dena, which is some 440 metres tall.

The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near the remote town of Semirom, some 620 kilometres south of the capital, Tehran.

The report identified the plane as an ATR-72. It said the plane was flying from Tehran to the southern Iranian city of Yasuj.

Aseman is a semi-private air carrier headquartered in Tehran that specializes in flights to remote airfields across the country. It also flies internationally.

The Iranian Red Crescent said it has deployed to the area, which was quite foggy at the time of the crash. Authorities said they would be investigating.

Under decades of international sanctions, Iran’s commercial passenger aircraft fleet has aged, with air accidents occurring regularly in recent years.

Following the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, Iran signed deals with both Airbus and Boeing to buy scores of passenger planes.

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