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. anp2j

    Ppl r so mean.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Achmed Mousoui

    This is Allah's will. It was time for these great Iranians to meet Allah. Allah is all things and sometimes brings Jihad and other times takes the fruit of the Earth as he has now. Peace be onto the Muslim nation. Blessed be the profit.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melody


      January 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Are

      AM: U are such moron, seriously, what do people like you do when ur not here spewing out hate...

      January 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Is

      Well of course he's spewing hate somewhere!

      January 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Three Dog Mama

    It was an American plane – a 727 which has not been made in years. As to turning this into something political, leave that out. 105 people lost their lives.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Greg

    To those who think the Iranians deserved this, you know nothing about the Iranian people or their history. Probably most don't like their President so I wouldn't hold that against them. Most have nothing against the U.S. and want to live in peace. And that is sort of incredible considering how much the U.S. has screwed them over in the past. The U.S. overthrew the democratically-elected president and installed the Shah who was brutal to the Iranian people. The Iranians finally kicked him out and the U.S. was angry so they supported Hussein in Iraq and his war against Iran. Now they place sanctions on Iran. And we get idiots like McCain with his "Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran rhetoric". The plane crash was another tragic event for a people trying to survive in a tough environment.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Achmed Mousoui

      I'm no it all , Greg. BLAH! BLAH! Look how self righteous. Look how much I hate my own country. That makes me so cool.

      January 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Achmed, STFU

      January 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    A lot of you, and you know who you are, should be ashamed of yourself with such igorant and racial comments. It is a horrible event when lives are lost in a plane crash regardless the type plane. The age of the B727, the delay and many other thing will be reviewed. By the way, there is nothing unsafe about Airbus or Boeing aircraft.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. desmo

    Idiots everywhere, all the time.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      And what's worse is they breed!

      January 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Aydin

    LOL @ Adnan... Dude do you even read the news? or just Jump in and comment !! Russian ?? Boeing?? LOL @ you man , LOL @ you.

    January 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @Bill and desmo: Innocent people died a horrible death. Who cares what their nationality is. You two bloggers, thank you. You are two of the few that make sense and show compassion.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. alex

    another russian plane

    January 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. GrammerPls

    What a tragedy? Clue NO!

    January 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jason

    I wonder how long until this is blamed on Israel and/or the US.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cyrus The Great

    i'm so sorry for that people that want wipe any country off the map.
    i'm iranian and i never hate anybody , maybe i hate goverment but not people. allah , god , ahura mazda and ..... are the same , but we people never want to know that. my english is no good but i hope that you'll excuse me

    January 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David

    For those of you nasty beings who are making a joke out of this. I wish one day one of your relative experiences this and see how it makes you feel. Shame on you, you are sick and need help!
    R.I.P. for those that didn't survive

    January 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TigerLily

    Whoa, Whoa, Whoa! Simmer down boys & girls.
    Be respectful here, those aboard who perished were men, women & perhaps even children. R.I.P.
    Obviously, a majority of you who have commented do not possess the level of maturity to be posting on such matters. So to those I say this – get offline and keep your childish quarrels on the school bus, where your opinion might mean something.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. I am YOUR Samurai Cowboy

    It was made by greedy union employees who only care about the check and benefits and not the job. No wonder it crashed.

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