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. Adnan

    Probably another Russian plane, you get what you pay for.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clarkson

      Tell that to "expensive" manufacturers like Rolls Royce.

      anyway RIP to those who died.. being in a plane crash can never be fun.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ApuComeAgainPls

      They cant buy anything else...not a question of saving money, its a question of sanctions, they had sanctions against them for 30yrs, cant even buy spare parts for their 30 yr old fleet of boeing jets, so the only options left are russian style or domestic spare parts.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dmitry

      There are many more reasons of planes crashes – not only the country of origin. Find more info first, before posting such a preconceived opinion.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hans

      no, not a rusisan plan, much bigger crab.....

      January 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Actually it was a Fokker-100. Do your research before you comment. And it's because of American sanctions that this happen, because the Americans won't let the Iranians have spare parts exported to them. How nice.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • edu

      Doubt it was a russian plane, most likely it was an Airbus, those are giving a lot of problems this days.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • jj

      they told u BOEING–which part of BOEIN don't u understand–AMERICAN plane!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • CF

      Clarkson- did you seriously just say, "being in a plane crash can never be fun"?
      Here's a thought: planes crash. It happens all over the world, and is always devastating to those who had family members involved. It's not about what's "fun" or not. It's simply life.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      People! It says it was a 727. Not Russian. Not a Focker. Read the article before you act like idiots.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • tracy

      actually CF...its death

      January 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wolfe

      It was a Boeing 727....shoddy American manufacturing strikes again

      January 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • CF

      My point exactly Tracy.. death is a part of life.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • knitpickin

      Thye last I heard, Boeing 727s were made in the USA, not Russia. Reading comprehension is not your forte.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Three Dog Mama

      Did you not see in the article that it was a 727? That is an American plane.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Goose

      The article says it was a Boeing 727. You are a great example of how ignorance breeds hate.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Did you even bother to read the article...?? Since when do or did Russians make Boeing 727's?? Could wait to spey our ignorance could we.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rsh

      From the news in Iran: 35 person are survived till now and they are trying to help the other passengers to be saved.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timo

      CNN clearly states Boeing 727 a long time no longer in production plane – only see them now in places like South America and Africa. Steam gauge – very old technology, but – they still work.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • popedm

      Red the article unobservant one, it was a Boeing 727 !

      January 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • JASC

      You know, you people amaze me. A plane crashes, and all everyone can do is get on here and bicker. Shame on you. Prayers to all the victims and their families.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny5

      you obviously did not read the article. It was a Boeing 727. Either way, if you are looking for accurate information on Iran, Jewro-British-American "news" media is not the place to get it. I go to presstv (which the media in the US/Britain despises because of its truthfulness)

      January 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bundas

      Do you feel like idiot now?

      January 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monguse

      Apparently you don't bother to read. The article says it was a Boeing 727, not a Russian airplane.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • GrrBehr

      Can you read, Adnan? it was a Boeing 727, and America imposed an embargo, so they can't buy spare parts.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • charles

      I thought that it was a Russian plane too but if you will go back and read it, it was a 727 which is made by BOEING here in the USA.

      January 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • DK

      can't live with the sanctions, then change your ways.

      January 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • pooch

      yo, jasc, i'm curious. when you send your internet e-prayers to the all the victims and their families ... is that it? does typing it comprise the prayer, and therefore absolve you of any further need to think about the matter? or do you actually spend some time after the typing of your e-prayer and actually "pray" on it? meh, never mind, i already know the answer. shame when these russian planes fall out of the sky.

      January 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      It said Boeing 727

      January 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • northernwarrior

      Too bad so sad, Hopefully it was the because of their gov't. Maybe soon thier people will man up and get rid of aramadinnerjackey

      January 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • northernwarrior

      it's amazing how many of you feel sorry for a nation that hates you and wants you all dead!

      January 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      It was a boeing 727

      January 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Einstein...the 727 is made by Boeing, an American company.

      January 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Best way

      Ugh, was it one of those Shanzai planes?

      January 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sourena

      As you can see, it was Boeing 727 , and it's not Russian ...
      But it doesn't matter that the plane was American or Russian or where ever !
      It's about the age of the plane... It was 40 years old !!!
      Iran had 3 Boeing 727s , one of them had a crash in 1996 and the second one had the same ending like the other one
      well , 1 more to go !!!
      one more thing, as you know, the plane took off from Tehran after a one-hour delay... because of the weather ! Iran air had two other flights before this one which had been canceled by the pilots because of the weather ! The third one didn't take it seriously. So here we are !
      It's not just about sanctions and the age of the planes! But I do agree if UN and what ever else really cares about innocent people's life here in Iran, they should support this industry of Iran !

      January 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daveak47

      Nope it's Iran shooting down a spy plane again.

      January 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      most airliner crashes are due to pilot error..in this instance the error was the pilot was Iranian and they are mentally unstabable at the best of times.

      January 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • eqk

      pretty sure it says boeing in the article, or can you not read?.

      January 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • mohammad

      first of all it was a boeing, second of all we can buy all kind of planes they r just not selling it to us becuase we r not selling ourselves to them like u do
      RIP

      January 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. I am YOUR Samurai Cowboy

    Just watch. AchIkneedmydad will blame Israel and the United States for the crash

    January 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      I would hope it was not a result of sanctions

      January 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    I am sad for probably the loss of life.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    Not another Russian Plane.. it was a Fokker 100. 95 Pax on board.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      *slaps you up side the head* BOEING 727.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Best way

      I think China has some Shanzai Boeing planes.

      January 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. badiran

    off to a good start in 2011, ey?

    January 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    Really? AmericaHatesIran You should be ashamed of yourself for saying such things.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • taylor

      you really just have feel sorry for americahatesiran. there are people in the world who aren't worth your time, attention, or respect, yet they do whatever they can to attract it. just laugh at his ignorance and move on.

      January 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. onyeka nneka

    Am so unhappy may d lord help us I feel so bad I pray dey recover atleast d remains d lord bless d souls dat died amen

    January 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • tracy

      please dont post while smoking crack ever again....ty

      January 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      I'm sure what you said was very sweet, but since most of us don't know what language you are using, we can only assume.

      January 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hard

    As the great freddy Mercury once said,Are you ready? Hey, are you ready for this? Are you hanging on the edge of your seat? Out of the doorway the bullets rip to the sound of the beat, Yeah Another one bites the dust Another one bites the dust And another one gone And another one gone Another one bites the dust Hey, I'm gonna get you too Another one bites the dust

    January 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • AMartian

      Hey hey freddy was of iranian descent

      January 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. meee

    Everyone and everything has a shelf life. .aint but a thing

    January 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dghosh

    it was a 727...apparently 50 people survived

    January 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sunny

    concern for loss of life should be a factor instead of some of ur stupid comments if this crash even happened. i now know how this world got soooo cold: by people like the ones that made the comments bout nonconcern for dead!!!!!!

    January 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Elias

    everyone is going to eventually die but a plane crash is devastating. there were more than 15 of them in 2010, i hope this is not the beginning of a series of crashes!

    January 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • eqk

      im sure it is; no doubt a government conspiracy.

      January 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nuke Iran

    Iran air needs to shut until they can make an aircraft order from BA or EADS

    January 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RIP

    RIP to the passengers. Someone needs to step forward in the name of peace to quell all the problems...or completely wipe IRAN off the map before they start nuking the US in a bid to become the the worlds next superpower. Nip this in the bud or wipe Iran off the map.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      I rather cut your fingers from your hands if that would make you satisfied...

      January 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    I am more than sure Iran is going release a press statement blaming the US and Israel for this tragedy! I remember reading Aristotle in university who if I remember correctly stated that an intelligent despot will always find an external actor to blame for internal problems!

    January 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
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