Plane with 105 aboard crashes in Iran
January 9th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Plane with 105 aboard crashes in Iran

A passenger plane carrying 105 people crashed in a snowy and mountainous region of northwestern Iran on Sunday, news agencies in the country reported.

Several people suffered severe injuries but at least 50 people have been rescued, the news agencies said.

At least 10 people with severe wounds were hospitalized, an emergency services official, Mojtaba Khalebi, said, according to the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency.

"The number of dead has not yet been determined because the priority is to save those that have been injured first," the news agency quoted him as saying. "Not all of the passengers have been killed. A number are still alive."

Severe weather at the crash site is making rescue operations difficult, he told the news agency.

Fifty to 60 people were taken from the plane with injuries, the Mehr news agency quoted Gholareza Masoomi, the head of Iran's Emergency Services, as saying.

"Fortunately, reports say that plane did not explode upon impact," and the crash may have happened when the plane was already nearing its destination and close to the ground, the news agency quoted him as saying.

The crash happened near Orumiyeh, a city in the mountainous Azarbaijan province, the semi-official Fars news agency said.

The IranAir aircraft crashed near Lake Orumiyeh, said Gholam-Reza Masoumi, head of the State Emergency Center in Iran, according to state-run Press TV.

The Boeing 727 took off from Tehran after a one-hour delay and was flying to Orumiyeh, Press TV said.

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  1. adi

    rajnikant needs to stop sneezing, its causing severe weather in some parts of the world resulting into this kinda accidents

    January 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Master of the Universe

    Ok A holes. Most of the people aboard were innocent civilians. Most Iranians are peaceful, harmless, caring individuals. Stop being nothing more than ignorant bigots. The radical hate and terrorism from ANYWHERE in the Middle East as well as the rest of the world comes from a very small % of it's population. Sadly as much as I hate to have to say even here in the good ol' US of A. Just look above at what some of you racist hate mongers are posting yourselves. Pointing a finger overseas and calling innocent people you know nothing about terrorists and bigots, accusing & blaming THEM for all the hate in the world... when what you really should be doing is making that accusation & asking that question while pointing a finger at the A hole in the mirror! Hypocrits!

    January 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Well...

    At least 35 persons survived.to those hoping the dead roasted, sorry but d plane broke into several pieces,but there was no explosion or fire.

    January 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @Susan: I was right, Blue Ribbon in character and compassion, you just don't know it.

    January 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. worc

    I believe I can fly

    January 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @Worc: Yes, you can fly. Believe. Believe. Believe. Now go to a 10 story building, flap your arms and jump. Before you know it, you'll be flying high into the sky.

    January 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Like the 3 guys on a roof. One guy say's if you jump off the roof, the up-draft will blow you back. The others didn't believe him, so he jumped! And sure enough, he blew back up just like he said. So one of the others thought it looked fun, and jumped. Splat!!!He hit the sidewalk. As the other two looked down, one guy said "Ya know, sometimes you can be a real azzhole Superman"

    January 9, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ripcord fail

    I'll never fly on pan ams concord again!

    January 10, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. مهران

    چون ایران نباشد تن من مباد

    پاینده ایران زمین

    February 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tamnempathe

    sokat tanultam

    March 11, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
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